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dsl SX

2015-04-24 02:04

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No imdb entry, but http://explore.bfi.org.uk/4ce2b78ea73f5 instead, and included on the BFI DVD compilation Police And Thieves.

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sixcyl FR

2015-04-24 20:55

dsl wrote

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Nice mix of Shell/Bp pumps :)

dsl SX

2015-04-25 03:53

sixcyl wrote Nice mix of Shell/Bp pumps :)

Some of our more ..... um ... experienced contributors can probably explain this better than me, but I think in those days petrol stations offered a variety of competing brands instead of the later (1960s onwards??) scenario where each station only sold single brands. However to confuse things Shell-Mex and BP was marketed as a jointly-branded organisation in the 1950s/1960s in UK.

johnfromstaffs EN

2015-04-27 21:16

I'll accept the challenge, and ignore the jibe.

There were more petrol companies out there, and in many cases the petrol outlet was a garage with a forecourt, owned by the operator and probably a hangover from prewar days. All the brands became pooled during WW2, and then returned afterwards, which may have started the reduction in numbers. The owner would want to sell multiple makes of petrol as an aid to increasing his turnover. Then came the big boys, brands, and marketing, and the invention of the "tied to an oil company" forecourt with a shop operations that have swept all before them.

Names that have gone, from memory: -

Regent (became Texaco?); Pratt's Motor Spirit (Esso); National Benzole; Dominion; ROP (Russian Oil Products); Cleveland; NAFTA; Jet (or is it still around?);Redline.
I'm sure that there must be more.
Don't let us get started on motor oils.


-- Last edit: 2015-04-28 14:44:19

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