Posts Tagged ‘Treasure Island’

Fill ‘er up

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
AM jumps at an abandoned gas station.

Something new, somewhere old

What ever caused the demise of the full service gas station? Apparently, the oil crisis of the 1970s marked the beginning of the end of full service gas stations. Oil companies figured that people wanted to pump their own gas to save a few pennies. Soon the attendants, who would walk up to your rolled-down window and ask, “leaded or unleaded?” then wash your windows and check your oil while your gas was getting pumped, were no longer needed. Feeling nostalgic? It’s illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon or New Jersey so you can experience the luxury of full service in both of those states.

Flashback: When I was eight years old, I used to think the word “motor” meant addiction. I clearly recall sitting in a passenger seat when my dad drove to the gas station and seeing signs that read “No Smoking. Stop your motor.”

Source: goretro

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Week 20: Dead Doggie

Friday, May 21st, 2010
Week 20/52: Dead Doggie

20/52

This shot was taken last night during DSLR ShootFest, the Treasure Island Edition. My friend Julia and I scoped out T.I. a week in advance and drove by three 9-foot tall fiberglass daschund heads wearing chef hats and bow ties sitting on a trailer. I bookmarked the location as a “must return.”

The dog heads were from an old 1949 to 1986 chain of hot dog stands in San Francisco and Oakland. The signs revolved on 20′ tall metal poles and were nicknamed “Dachshunds on Sticks.” These three heads were named Manny, Moe and Jack; and they have quite a history since the chain’s demise: they are the patron saints of the Dogminican Order, they’ve been immortalized as a tattoo, they’ve taken a road trip to New York City, and most importantly they kicked off another successful DSLR ShootFest.

If you are in the Bay Area and (a) you would like to keep your DSLR from getting dusty or (b) you like to jump, let me know, and I’ll send you an invitation to the next ShootFest.

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