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Old 03-17-13, 09:08 PM
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Sinclair Gasoline and the green dinosaur are alive and well and not gone in Smithfield, Utah.
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Old 03-17-13, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
A couple of more obscure brands, my dad made his living at American Can Company and my first job was at Burger Chef...both long gone.

Oh yeah, I remember American Can Co. My first job was at a factory that filled motor oil into cardboard quart cans. Our supplier was ACC.
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Old 03-17-13, 09:28 PM
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Oh yeah, I remember American Can Co. My first job was at a factory that filled motor oil into cardboard quart cans. Our supplier was ACC.
Their big competitor was Continental Can Co. Not sure who does cans nowadays.
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Old 03-17-13, 09:46 PM
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Their big competitor was Continental Can Co. Not sure who does cans nowadays.
I'd guess that the word "American" is not part of the company name.
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Old 03-17-13, 11:30 PM
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Bridgestone Bicycles
Bridgestone is still being manufactured in Japan, only not exported. When Bridgestone head office closed Bridgestone Sports (USA), Bridgestone Sports (Europe), and Bridgestone Sports (S.E.Asia) in mid 90's, they are still making bicycles but only for their domestic market. Sadly the Bridgestone MB and RB series was dis-continued as these are export models with parts spec'd by Grant Petersen when he was taking care of Bridgestone Sports (USA).
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Old 03-17-13, 11:32 PM
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Old 03-18-13, 12:10 AM
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My dad worked for one of those two can companies in K.C. Mo. but I don't remember which one it was.
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Peugeot
Has Peugeot heard about this?
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Old 03-18-13, 05:06 AM
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Originally Posted by -=(8)=- View Post
TWA

American Motors

ESSO

Murphy's

Woolworth's

Plymouth


I have a 1977 Ross in my basement. Fully functional ! The "Made in Allentown" sticker still intact.
Esso is alive and well here in the great white north, but the Sunoco brand has disappeared. Suncor took over Petro Canada, and adopted the brand.
Texaco is also long gone here, the Canadian arm of the company taken over by Esso years ago.
Other gasoline brand long gone from our landscape are
Supertest
Gulf
Fina
Cities Service
White Rose
BA
BP

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Old 03-18-13, 06:01 AM
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Old 03-18-13, 06:28 AM
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Burma Shave. I miss the signs along the road.

DX. Gasoline
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Old 03-18-13, 08:16 AM
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Old 03-18-13, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by social suicide View Post
Tang
Space food sticks
I also thought that Tang was long gone, but the other day I saw some on a supermarket shelf - not in glass jars but in square plastic packs.

Somewhat OT: There was a teacher named Mr. Tang in my junior high school. Kids who had his class first period were said to Wake Up to Tang.
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Old 03-18-13, 08:56 AM
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Heathkit
I still have a turntable my father built about 50 years ago. I don't play vinyl often but it still works well.
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Old 03-18-13, 09:02 AM
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Kelly Hamburgers
A & W root beer stands
Sears & Roebucks (soon)
International Harvestor
the city of Detroit

This subject is kind of depressing, think I'll stop here...
The A&W brand has a huge expansion push on in Canada right now. Popping up everywhere. Maybe Detroit will as well. If you buy the hockey team, you get the city with it.
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Old 03-18-13, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
Top Value savings stamps (dispersed these from the cash registers in grocery store I worked in)
Pontiac automobiles
Oldsmobile automobiles
Rambler automobiles
Mercury automobiles
Plymouth automobiles
Eastern Airlines
National Airlines (landed "Donna" in Pensacola Bay)
Allegheny Airlines
Pan Am Airlines
Braniff Airlines

A few I can quickly type out.

Bill
I hear the Plymouth name will be brought back with the release of the 2015 Barracuda.
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Old 03-18-13, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
Heathkit
Indeed! There was a Heathkit store on Route 9 in Wellesley. Great place. I don't think you could give away an electronics kit of any kind
to any of today's youth. I think the response would nothing more than a deer-in-headlights look.

Anyone mention Shogun Bicycles? So popular during the 80s.

Herman's world of Sporting Goods.
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Old 03-18-13, 09:41 AM
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The Radio Shack of old, where you could buy those heathkits, as well as electronics parts and supplies. I don't think of the modern Radio Shack as being what the old one was. I remember browsing the transistor catalog way back when, back in the days when it mattered to know what PNP and NPN meant, and one could read resistor and capacitor color codes without thinking...
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Old 03-18-13, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
Burma Shave. I miss the signs along the road.
My favorite Burma Shave sign/poem wasn't actually Burma Shave, but a MAD Magazine spoof:

Empty beer cans
On the road
Are ugly, many say.
But at night,
Reflecting bright,
They safely guide the way.
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Old 03-18-13, 09:53 AM
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Just this past weekend I was lamenting the absence of Dr Lyon's Tooth Powder. My dad brushed with it all the time, and I would, too, occasionally. It was my first exposure to the flavor of wintergreen.
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Old 03-18-13, 09:56 AM
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Car hop service on Roller skates , at a Locally Owned Burger Joint.


Blitz - Weinhart Brewery in Portland, OLy and Rainier, from WA State..
( Rainier Brand name is now coming out of California)

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Originally Posted by trackhub View Post
Indeed! There was a Heathkit store on Route 9 in Wellesley. Great place. I don't think you could give away an electronics kit of any kind
to any of today's youth. I think the response would nothing more than a deer-in-headlights look.
Yea, not on that scale anyway. There are still places out there selling effects pedal kits for electric guitars and the like, but the problem is that the final product isn't near what a Heathkit was ... super high quality stuff.

The shame is that putting the kit together was a learning adventure ... and one worth the trip.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Blitz - Weinhart Brewery in Portland, OLy and Rainier, from WA State..
( Rainier Brand name is now coming out of California)
I believe that something similar happened with Primo, which used to be the iconic suck-'em-up beer of Hawaii.

This brings to mind a subcategory of businesses and brands that disappeared and then years later somebody bought the rights to the name and resurrected it as a marketing ploy.
For anybody who ever had the pleasure of checking out the original Abercrombie and Fitch in NY, where you could equip yourself for anything from an African safari to a backyard croquet party, the current version over at the mall is a sorry joke.

I guess that there are some similar branding shenanigans going on the bike world as well.

And speaking of local beers and NY, how about Piels, Knickerbocker, Rheingold, Ballantine, Schaefer? Any of these still out there?

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Old 03-18-13, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by steve0257 View Post
Is RCA still around?
Sort of - recently bought a TV from wallyworld - Made in 'Far East'.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Car hop service on Roller skates , at a Locally Owned Burger Joint.


Blitz - Weinhart Brewery in Portland, OLy and Rainier, from WA State..
( Rainier Brand name is now coming out of California)
Advertising killed them..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz-WuLQz_ns
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