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1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil #5117678 05/27/19 08:59 PM
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Enjoy...



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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: StevieC] #5117694 05/27/19 09:12 PM
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It's good we can't time travel because I would go back and check this out.


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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: StevieC] #5117703 05/27/19 09:25 PM
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Wow....my parents were just 10 years old or so when this was made but they say they vaguely remember this kind of service when their folks went to the gas station.

Customer service, and professionalism, something almost totally lost on workers today at least in the US.

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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: StevieC] #5117706 05/27/19 09:26 PM
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He changed the oil at the pump??


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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: AC1DD] #5117707 05/27/19 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by AC1DD
Wow....my parents were just 10 years old or so when this was made but they say they vaguely remember this kind of service when their folks went to the gas station.

Customer service, and professionalism, something almost totally lost on workers today at least in the US.

Yeah...

We still had full serve at my dad's one station/shop because of the setup and we would always offer to check the oil / washer fluid and offer to fill low looking tires.


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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: StevieC] #5117711 05/27/19 09:30 PM
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In 1973 I worked at Shell. We cleaned front, back glass and wiped the headlights off every time. Always offered to check the oil and tires.


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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: StevieC] #5117716 05/27/19 09:39 PM
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It was probably also a job that you could buy a house and raise a family off from.

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Originally Posted by AC1DD
Wow....my parents were just 10 years old or so when this was made but they say they vaguely remember this kind of service when their folks went to the gas station.

Customer service, and professionalism, something almost totally lost on workers today at least in the US.

It is usually lost on customers who demand this type of service whom make it known they feel entitled to this type of service.


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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: oldhp] #5117733 05/27/19 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by oldhp
In 1973 I worked at Shell. We cleaned front, back glass and wiped the headlights off every time. Always offered to check the oil and tires.

In 1981 when I lived in Sun Valley I got the same service you mentioned plus they pumped the gas for me for $ 0.87 per gallon.


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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: StevieC] #5117811 05/28/19 03:13 AM
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Cool to see the fifties cars in their original habitat. Oil change due at 1500 miles though...


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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: nobb] #5117865 05/28/19 06:04 AM
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Originally Posted by nobb
It was probably also a job that you could buy a house and raise a family off from.

In most cases, it absolutely was not. This job was usually worked by high school aged kids and the majority of their income came in the form of tips. I had family members work as gas station attendants during the summer at a gas station near Lake Eufaula and they made around $1/hr. Not even enough to feed yourself, let alone raise a family and own a home. .

Edit: I found a reddit thread asking people about what it was like to work as a gas station attendant. It's incredible how much can be found on the internet.
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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: StevieC] #5117944 05/28/19 07:31 AM
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In 5th-6th grade I mowed lawns and shoveled snow. Junior High worked as 'do everything' at the corner drug store. High school, the hardware store, but lots of fellas worked as 'pump jockeys'. There was generally a 2 bay shop for oil changes and various other maintenance and lighter repairs. It was a fair introduction to knowing more about cars. Now, with self service, rarely do you see a hood raised and the shops now replace blown engines simply due to lack of oil!

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I worked part time at a local Chevron station in Vancouver from 1979-1983, I was just a teenager, but the boss' expectations were pretty close to the film...minus the hats.


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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: StevieC] #5118029 05/28/19 09:17 AM
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My company had a contract to deliver uniforms, shop towels, and restroom supplies to Standard Oil stations, but the Chevron dealers could sign with an industrial laundry of their choice. This was a very labor-intensive service, as the uniforms were washed, starched, pressed and folded, and then wrapped in individual bundles tied with a string. Eventually Standard changed to blue shirts and pants, which were no longer folded but placed on hangers instead.

I never saw the khaki uniforms shown in the film, since our dealers also wore white.


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Re: 1950's Service Station Video (Colour) - Standard Oil [Re: StevieC] #5118100 05/28/19 10:35 AM
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In the late 60's I would pump gas on holidays @ 2x the normal pay. Always spent extra time on the windshield of a pretty woman/girl. It was good pocket money for a teenager.

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