Archive | August, 2011

Fall GDN is in the works!

23 Aug

I’m done my summer holidays and it’s time to get to work on the Fall issue of The Garage Door News.

Don’t forget that all club members can submit an ad for the Gas-sifieds for free! Want to thin out your collection a bit? Have a double of something? Send the ad to me via e-mail or snail mail. Ads are placed on a first come, first served basis so don’t wait too long! If you’d like to include a small photo with your ad, it’s only $5 payable to the club treasurer.

I’m always looking for new content as well. I haven’t received much response to my plea for input so you’ll have to keep taking what I give you! Unless, that is, you would like to contribute. Show off that really rare item you found at a yard sale on the weekend. Send me the pictures you took of all those old signs you saw on your summer vacation. Do you have an unusual item and some history about it that others would enjoy seeing? Any creative writers out there? How about a fictional story about your friendly neighbourhood gas station attendant? How about a poem about our hobby? I dont know!! I’m just throwing ideas out there in hopes it will spark an idea from you. I really would like to see the magazine be more of a group effort and openly welcome anything you’d care to send me.

I also would like to appeal to our members to the left and right of us here in Ontario. I’d sure like to hear about what you are up to in your parts of the country. Any interesting swap meets or auctions? Any Irving Oil specialists out there? I’m going to start highlighting the various oil companies and need some Irving info. Do you have an Irving collection and some history? Please get in touch! What can you Westerners tell us about that we might not know?

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


Ad(s) of the Day

23 Aug

You just don’t see ads for types of gas pumps in everyday magazines anymore!

The top ad says “The World’s Most Beautiful Pumps” at the bottom. I think it’s a nice looking ad talking about “Your Friend The Service Station Man. I wish I could read the rest of the ad.

The bottom ad is promoting Wayne pumps’ “Honest Measure”.

I’m always looking for original ads to scan. If anyone has any I could borrow, please get in touch. They will be returned unharmed. I promise!

Great time at the August CSSMA meeting

18 Aug

Many CSSMA members gathered in Blyth, Ontario on August 7 for our Summer meeting.

Before the meeting, hamburgs and hotdogs were BBQ’d and served by President Don M. and his lovely assistant Sue. Thanks Don and Sue!

Members enjoyed socializing, viewing the collection of Everett Hessels and a small fleamarket during lunch. Once we all had a full stomach and all our pictures were taken of Everett’s fine collection we sat down for the meeting.

We had some good discussions about promoting the club and heard all about the venue for the Fall Meeting. It’s going to be held at the Dufferin County Museum and Archives on November 6th, 2011. I’ll be posting much more information regarding this meeting in the future but in the meantime, take a look at their website. It is sure to be one of the most interesting venues we’ve ever had a meeting at. Be sure to mark this one on your calendar. You won’t want to miss it!

After the meeting concluded, we moved down to Wayne McClinchey’s place to view his incredible collection and have some coffee and desserts.

The Historical Automotive Society’s annual “Normoska” week-long tour of the area was also in Blyth at the same time. Several members at the meeting were also enjoying the festivities there.

If you haven’t been to a CSSMA meeting yet, watch for future dates and find one that works for you. We always have a great time and the chance to view all these fantastic personal collections is priceless!



Picture(s) of the Day

15 Aug

Look at all these pumps! How many can you count?

History of the Coca-Cola bottle

14 Aug

Coca Cola History: Left to Right 1899 – 1900 – 1915 – 1916 – 1957 – 1986

Picture of the Day

13 Aug

Here’s a neat picture of a Red Indian station.

Note the names on each pump (click on the picture for a larger version). Can you make it out? They’re the names of each of the Dionne quintuplets!

Do you have a picture you’d like to share with the everyone? Please send to the e-mail address shown on the “Contact us” page. A virtual gas station museum

12 Aug

The first of its type, this virtual museum is dedicated to the preservation of gas station history. In this museum, you will see photographs of old gas stations and the equipment needed for their operation. Separate albums will assist the visitor in viewing old gas pumps, the advertising globes found on the tops of many of these pumps, the oil cans from many different companies, and other articles associated with the daily operation of the gas station. Click on the link below to visit the virtual museum…