Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Model A (1928-31)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-02-2015, 10:56 AM   #1
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Need to remember back, as far back as the 30s, whether you lived it, like I did , or from stories from your dad, granddad, etc. What was on the counter at the filling stations? I remember a cash register, a telephone, mini-tire ashtray, some candy maybe, logo matches...........do you remember anything that has stuck in your memory? Remember, before there was also a credit card slider sitting there too!!!!!

Cheers..........
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 11:21 AM   #2
Jim Brierley
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Temecula, CA
Posts: 3,331
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

A rack with 1 quart oil bottles was there or more likely out on the island. I worked for a Chevron station, we pushed Chevron or Standard oils but kept others under the counter. We also offered credit to some regular customers they would settle with us around the first of the month when they would stop by, I don't think any statements were mailed?
Jim Brierley is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 07-02-2015, 11:22 AM   #3
gridleak
Senior Member
 
gridleak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: bozeman mt
Posts: 158
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

a big tapered bearing and race that everybody spun while waiting
gridleak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 11:26 AM   #4
Bruce Lancaster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Madison, NJ
Posts: 5,230
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

A big jar of Tom's Peanutbutter logs. They were only a penny, when a full-sized candy bar was 5 or even 10 cents.
If we were far enough south and out in the boondocks, it might be joined by a big jar of pickled pig's feet or pickled hardboiled eggs in beet juice...
Outside, a drink machine with a vertical row of bottles that you pulled straight out after dropping the nickel, OR a horizontal cabinet one with the drinks arranged in a maze of slots. If you wanted the Nehi grape in the far corner, you had to slide every blasted bottle in the machine around until you solved the puzzle ("Hurry up! We still need to go another 200 miles!!") and got your drink over to the coin-op release in the near corner.
Bruce Lancaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 11:27 AM   #5
Bruce Lancaster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Madison, NJ
Posts: 5,230
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Also, an old distributor cap with terminals drilled down so it could hold the pencils and pens needed.
Bruce Lancaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 11:32 AM   #6
cp5491r
Senior Member
 
cp5491r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Waukee, Iowa
Posts: 107
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Lots of pics on internet if you look at 1930's parts stores. That might give some ideas. I wasn't around then but I bet you'd find tobacco tins and rolling papers, a hand-cranked pencil sharpener, and tire gauges for sale.
cp5491r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 11:52 AM   #7
katy
Senior Member
 
katy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2,677
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Quote:
What was on the counter at the filling stations?
A metal stand w/a whole bunch of parts catalogues in it, the stand held them at an angle.
There was also a double ended box wrench, 1/2 X 9/16, that the ends hadn't been broached out, just had round holes in it. That was the one they lent out when someone wanted to borrow a 1/2 or 9/16 wrench. It always came back in.
__________________
Play it again Sam.
katy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 11:56 AM   #8
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Brierley View Post
A rack with 1 quart oil bottles was there or more likely out on the island. I worked for a Chevron station, we pushed Chevron or Standard oils but kept others under the counter. We also offered credit to some regular customers they would settle with us around the first of the month when they would stop by, I don't think any statements were mailed?
Got the rack, bottles and the cans Jim. I do remember the credit book that was kept behind the counter though.
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 11:57 AM   #9
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by gridleak View Post
a big tapered bearing and race that everybody spun while waiting

Now that is something I don't or can't remember. Can you elaborate a bit more?
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers

Last edited by 31 Model A; 07-02-2015 at 12:08 PM.
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 11:58 AM   #10
Willie Krash
Senior Member
 
Willie Krash's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Phoenix, Oregon
Posts: 661
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

About 40 years Back a Col. Bird drives into the local Chevron. Kid fills the tank. Col. Bird uses a credit card. Kid goes to the office to call it in....back then you called it in if it was over a certain amount.
Chevron rep in the office had the phone tied up as the owner waited.
Kid go back tells Col Bird he is trying, the Bird gets mad, yells at kid.
Kid calls the Col Bird an asshole. Bird demands to see the owner.
The Bird cries your pump jockey called me an asshole.

Wait for it, the owner Claude wright, says....they only get to do that once a year and they don't waste it.....

That's how it's done.
__________________
Mike Stitt
"A business that make nothing but money is a poor business."
-Henry Ford
Willie Krash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 11:59 AM   #11
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bruce Lancaster View Post
A big jar of Tom's Peanutbutter logs. They were only a penny, when a full-sized candy bar was 5 or even 10 cents.
If we were far enough south and out in the boondocks, it might be joined by a big jar of pickled pig's feet or pickled hardboiled eggs in beet juice...
Outside, a drink machine with a vertical row of bottles that you pulled straight out after dropping the nickel, OR a horizontal cabinet one with the drinks arranged in a maze of slots. If you wanted the Nehi grape in the far corner, you had to slide every blasted bottle in the machine around until you solved the puzzle ("Hurry up! We still need to go another 200 miles!!") and got your drink over to the coin-op release in the near corner.
I do have the idea of a Planters jar on the counter and I am considering it. Soda machine I have but not the slider type. Very expensive............for my pocket book but I remember getting Yoo-Hoos from one up at Darr's Garage.
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 12:01 PM   #12
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bruce Lancaster View Post
Also, an old distributor cap with terminals drilled down so it could hold the pencils and pens needed.
That's an idea...thanks. I do remember them also.
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 12:02 PM   #13
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by cp5491r View Post
Lots of pics on internet if you look at 1930's parts stores. That might give some ideas. I wasn't around then but I bet you'd find tobacco tins and rolling papers, a hand-cranked pencil sharpener, and tire gauges for sale.
Been looking at many photos and did get some ideas from them.
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 12:04 PM   #14
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1930 coupe View Post
Free road maps, light bulbs, fuses, free drinking glasses with a fill up. A bell that rang when a car pulled in. Most of the time you did not get out of your car. They washed your windshield, checked your oil and tires while the gas was going in. Had gas price wars going most of the time. Free ice scrapers with there name on it.
Got the bell, roadmaps, wanted to get the matchbook advert giveaways but I'd have to order a 1000 and I don't think I'll have that many customers, love to have a box of them on the counter though.
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 12:07 PM   #15
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by katy View Post
A metal stand w/a whole bunch of parts catalogues in it, the stand held them at an angle.
There was also a double ended box wrench, 1/2 X 9/16, that the ends hadn't been broached out, just had round holes in it. That was the one they lent out when someone wanted to borrow a 1/2 or 9/16 wrench. It always came back in.
That is something I don't remember or ever seeing. I remember Darr's Garage was a Sinclair station and a Chevy dealership, had room for one car and as the cars got bigger, he had to display a Nova, Corvette or a Convair during the 50s/60s.
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 12:09 PM   #16
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by willie krash View Post
about 40 years back a col. Bird drives into the local chevron. Kid fills the tank. Col. Bird uses a credit card. Kid goes to the office to call it in....back then you called it in if it was over a certain amount.
chevron rep in the office had the phone tied up as the owner waited.
Kid go back tells col bird he is trying, the bird gets mad, yells at kid.
Kid calls the col bird an asshole. Bird demands to see the owner.
The bird cries your pump jockey called me an asshole.

Wait for it, the owner claude wright, says....they only get to do that once a year and they don't waste it.....

That's how it's done.

LOL....good story
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 01:05 PM   #17
BILL WILLIAMSON
Senior Member
 
BILL WILLIAMSON's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: FRESNO, CA
Posts: 12,558
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Chiefs' pop box wuz BIG, bottles floated in ICE & WATER. Ice delivered by Gabe Caldwell, in a '37 Chev P.U, with 1/3 of the rear fenders rotted off! He wore a large leather VEST, to protect himself from the BIG blocks of ice, swung over his shoulder, with HUGE ice tongs ! LATER, he would bring COAL, for the POT BELLY, in the SAME truck !
IF I culd tipe well, I culd whip you out 50 or 60 pages of stuff I remember about our Conoco Fillin' Station, even about GAS STAMPS & how Chief converted the pot belly, to an OIL BURNER!
Bill W.
__________________
"THE ASSISTANT GURU OF STUFF"
BILL WILLIAMSON is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 01:06 PM   #18
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

At my age, my mind has to work 24/7 to get just one idea, hence why I came here for help. Keep ideas coming please regardless how many stars this thread is given.

Calendar!!!!!!!!!! I don't have a calendar, just got a 1931 Rexall weather calendar, complete year, off of eBay and...............four 1937 Grit newspapers. Could be I sold them but they are coming from Florida.
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 01:10 PM   #19
31 Model A
Senior Member
 
31 Model A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Here I am in front of Todd's Grocery in 1931 selling Grit newspapers
Posts: 2,548
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by BILL WILLIAMSON View Post
Chiefs' pop box wuz BIG, bottles floated in ICE & WATER. Ice delivered by Gabe Caldwell, in a '37 Chev P.U, with 1/3 of the rear fenders rotted off! He wore a large leather VEST, to protect himself from the BIG blocks of ice, swung over his shoulder, with HUGE ice tongs ! LATER, he would bring COAL, for the POT BELLY, in the SAME truck !
IF I culd tipe well, I culd whip you out 50 or 60 pages of stuff I remember about our Conoco Fillin' Station, even about GAS STAMPS & how Chief converted the pot belly, to an OIL BURNER!
Bill W.
I too remember the ice blocks, 10 cents a block at the ice house. Put ten cents in and out came a block of ice. I remember putting my head inside the icebox on hot days too. I do have the gas stamps though Bill. You rest up now, cum'on back when ever yur a bit fit to typ sum more.

Don't have room for a pot belly, if I did, I'd have one for sure..............
__________________
"Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

"Hey Lady, ya wanna buy a Grit?"

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old" Will Rogers
31 Model A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 03:11 PM   #20
ericr
Senior Member
 
ericr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,366
Default Re: Got an old brain? I need to pick it!!!!

slot machines while they were legal, at least in stores that were not solely gas stations but also sold groceries, did repair work, etc. also, in season, fireworks.
ericr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:30 PM.