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From The Archives: Union Oil Lighthouse Card


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In 1939 Union Oil Company, known for their gas stations with the bright orange ball that featured the numbers 76 for “Spirit of 76” gasoline, issued a series of post cards called “Photographic Scenes of the West.” The promotion was called, “See the West with 76 Gasoline,” and since they were trying to sell gas, it naturally showed an automobile. Although the image of Old Point Loma Lighthouse in California is not unique unto itself, today the card showing the automobile, which would now be 75 years old, is a real slice of history. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego, California was built in 1855 and deactivated in 1891. It is now part of the Cabrillo National Monument that is managed by the National Park Service.

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