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Courtesy Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library

Trust your car to the man who wears the star!

Straight from the archives of Southern Methodist University, this photo is of a new Texaco service station outside of Houston TX – taken by Robert Yarnall Richie in 1965.  Richie was a noted commercial photographer, who took pictures for large businesses around the US.  He died in 1984.

The station is designed in the “Mid-Century” style, with its flat roof and jaunty positive feeling.  It would be a fairly new structure, based on the size of the trees surrounding the property.  That’s a `65 Ford Custom sedan in front of the fetching green-topped building.  There is also a `64 Ford Galaxie inside the station getting service.  At the pumps: a `65 Mustang fastback, a `65 Buick Electra, and `64 Ford pickup.

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