Jurassic Juice #13983

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The Story

This Sinclair gas pump was found on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, and the friendly farmer who let me photograph said it would still run if he flipped the switch inside the shed. The lighted glass globe on top was smashed the first winter it came to the farm by ice falling off the metal roof above. The farmer is retired and the pump is out of service too. Similarly, the shed and gas pump are weathered away just like the thirty cents a gallon price that shows on the numbered face dials.

Time invariably weathers all things and the tinge of red rust is showing through. Even the formerly bright Dino green paint of this Sinclair gas pump hasn’t stood up to it. Years ago in the pre-convenience store age of fancy corporate gas stations, that particular shade of green was put with white to be part of a high profile national brand that could be seen along roads and in towns everywhere. Promotional giveaways were also a big thing at the time with Sinclair giving away cakes of green soap shaped like their logo of Dino the dinosaur with every tank of gas

The Sinclair Gasoline company is still alive and well with most stations in the midwest and far west, with a scattering of them along the east coast around New York City. You can learn more about Big Green here: https://www.sinclairoil.com/about

Image and text ©Andrew N Dierks

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