Central Station - Neon Gas Sign - VS198

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Classic Restored Neon - Central Station Food & Gas Hanging Station Sign This Sign Can Be Changed To Any Gas Logo In Neon Texaco, Standard, Gulf Etc.

A rare original Citgo (this can be any gas company name) Gas Station neon sign for the Citgo Corp from the 1960s. This sign was hung inside in a window of a Citgo gas satiation in motor city Michigan. This one of a kind neon sign will be the central focus of any collectors museum collection. Only one ever made and is in perfect condition. Runs on 6 transformers, the steam engine is always in motion.

The trains wheels seem to chug along as well as the smoke stack continues to change with its on going smoke in motion. You can almost hear the whistle blow as the neon puff shows the train whistle in action. The sign is designed so you may change the speed of the motion. The front of the sign is solid black aluminum and in the night it seems the neon is free floating.

This large sign is a classic work of collectable art. The original Citgo logo is in neon is original, the Food & Gas in large neon displays for the roadside diner available for a blue plate special or 12 burgers for one dollar while you car gets free full service while you gas up. Full service means checking your oil, gas fill up or just a dollars worth, check the battery water, check the tire pressure and with a cheerful" yes sir or yes mam" you also got all of your windows washed and radiator topped off. All for less than 50 cents a gallon, another reason this era is called Happy Days.

Can you find hidden in this signs art a curvaceous voluptuous lady with big hair in the style of the day ? Send us a email if you do

Condition - Original, old and repaired neon made in the old hand era technique, for historic accuracy with 5 transformers

Classic Neon Sign Indoor Or Out Door Use

Citgo - Central Station - vintage signs for sale.

Classic Neon

Vintage Sign Specifications:

  • Type - Classic Neon
  • Company - Citgo
  • Product - Citgo - Central Station Food And Gas
  • Era - 1960s
  • Color - Red, White, Blue and Black
  • Dimensions - 84.5"W x 84.5"H x 12.5"D
  • Condition - Original, as-is, see photos for details - not restored wit exception of the neon, and not a reproduction

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History - Cities Service Or CITGO - The company traces its heritage back to the early 1900s and an oil entrepreneur named Henry Latham Doherty. After quickly climbing the ladder of success in the manufactured gas and electric utility world, Doherty in 1910 created his own organization, Cities Service Company, to supply gas and electricity to small public utilities. He began by acquiring gas producing properties in the mid-continent and southwest.

The company then developed a pipeline system, tapping dozens of gas pools. To make this gas available to consumers, Doherty moved to acquire distributing companies and tied them into a common source of supply. Cities Service became the first company in the mid-continent to use the slack demand period of summer to refill depleted fields near its market areas. In this way, gas could be conveniently and inexpensively withdrawn during peak demand times. In 1931, Cities Service completed the nation's first long-distance high pressure natural gas transportation system, a 24-inch pipeline stretching some 1,000 miles from Amarillo, Texas, to Chicago, Illinois.

A logical step in the company's program for finding and developing supplies of natural gas was its entry into the oil business. This move was marked by major discoveries at Augusta, Kansas, in 1914, and in El Dorado a year later. In 1928, a Cities Service subsidiary, Empire Oil & Refining discovered the Oklahoma City field, one of the world's largest. Another participated in the discovery of the East Texas field, which, in its time, was the most sensational on the globe.

Over three decades, the company sponsored the Cities Service Concerts on NBC radio. The long run of these musical broadcasts was heard on NBC from 1925 to 1956, encompassing a variety of vocalists and musicians. In 1944, it was retitled Highways in Melody, and later the series was known as The Cities Service Band of America. In 1964, the company moved its headquarters from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to Tulsa.

At the height of Cities Service's growth, Congress passed the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, which forced the company to divest itself of either its utility operations or its oil and gas holdings. In a difficult decision, Cities Service elected to remain in the petroleum business. The first steps to liquidate investments in its public utilities were taken in 1943 and affected over 250 different utility corporations.

At the same time, the government was nearing completion of a major refinery at Rose Bluff just outside of Lake Charles, Louisiana, that would eventually become the foundation of the company's manufacturing operation. Using designs developed by Cities Service and the Kellogg Co., the plant was dedicated only 18 months after the first concrete was poured. A month before Allied troops landed in France, it was turning out enough critically needed 100-octane aviation gasoline to fuel 1,000 daily bomber sorties from England to Germany. Government funding through the Defense Plant Corporation (DPC) also prompted Cities Service to build plants to manufacture butadiene, used to make synthetic rubber, and toluene, a fuel octane booster and solvent.

The years that followed saw Cities Service grow into a fully diversified oil and gas company with operations around the world. Its green, expanding circle marketing logo became a familiar sight across much of the nation. During this time CEOs such as W. Alton Jones and Burl S. Watson ran the company and commanded nationwide attention among journalists, wherever they traveled or whenever they spoke on matters pertaining to the petroleum industry.

Cities Service Company first inaugurated use of the Citgo brand in 1965 (officially styled "CITGO") for its refining, marketing and retail petroleum businesses (which became known internally as the RMT Division, for Refining, Marketing and Transportation).

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