Tuesday, December 4, 2012

An Old Standard Gas Station

You wouldn't think that a gas station would be something that is particularly photo worthy but at one time, there were places that were built with pride.  It also seems like they were built to last.
 This building is one of those.  It used to be a gas station at one time and from the looks of it back in the days when gas stations sold more than gas and snacking fare.  It looks it is now occupied by an insurance agent.
 It was pretty rainy on Sunday and as I was looking, I noticed the reflections in front of the building.
 So I moved around a bit to get a better angle and was hoping to catch the reflection better.  I seem to have nailed it.
But I think I like this one a little better.

Standard Oil Company was founded in Ohio in 1870 by John D. Rockefeller.  They integrated oil, refining, distribution and marketing.  It was the world's first and largest multinational company until it was broken up by the Supreme Court in 1911.

The company was broken into 33 smaller companies because it violated the Sherman Antitrust Act.  Two of these companies became Exxon and Mobil (which eventually teamed up again).  Eventually, the successors became fairly large too but not quite as large as the parent company.

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