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Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park in Calgary

Calgary Select: Gasoline Alley Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gasoline Alley Museum Tour 2

Assorted Signs hang from the ceiling, some are familiar some are not.

Assorted signs hang from the ceiling some are for brands that still exist and others have gone into the history books.

 

Auburn Indiana Company

The decaling on the side of this vehicle reads Auburn Indiana Company, Service Dept.

 

Little roadster

Little Roadster
1912
This car is called a "Little" after William H. Little, a former Buick Manager who pioneered the automobile manufacturer the Little Company. The first Little car was a 4-cylinder, 20 horsepower, two-seater roadster priced at $650, intended as a rival to the Ford Model-T. Although the Little Roadster was discontinued in 1913, its design continued to influence the styling of other vehicles. Chevrolet in particular imitated its compact shape in its own later models.
 
 REO roadster
 REO Autobuggy
1908
This car was manufactured by the REO Car Company, named after Ransom E. Olds, who left the better known Oldsmobile company to form a new company. REO cars were steady sellers right up to the 1930s, when the Depression hit and money became scarce. Early REOs were single-cylinder 8-horsepower runabouts with under-floor engines, dummy bonnets, planetary transmissions and chain drives.
 
 McLaughlin - Buick
 MCLAUGHLIN-Buick
1918
It was advertised as "Canada's Standard Car" and often used for family road trips, but in Crowsnest Pass the McLaughlin was associated with rum-running and murder. Alberta's most famous bootlegger, Emilio Picariello, used a fleet of McLaughlin-Buicks (whiskey sixes) to transport illicit liquor from British Columbia into Alberta and Montana during Prohibition. After "Emperor Pic" and his female partner in crime were convicted of shooting a police officer, the McLaughlin became an icon in Albertan history.
 
Shell Tanker
Shell Tanker
1926
The widespread use of cars and trucks created an unprecedented demand for gasoline and motor oil. This tanker is a rare example of a light fuel delivery truck. It has been fully restored with a new oak cab, vintage 500-gallon fuel tanks, and 12 vintage 5-gallon fuel cans.
 

Buffalo Oil Cans

Buffalo Oil Automobilia
Western Canada is fertile ground for oil can collectors. This unique collection is from the Buffalo Oil Company. Buffalo was bought by North Star Oil in 1937, which in turn was later bought by Shell. These days, oil companies usually have recognizable branding for marketing purposes. When these oil cans were made companies were less concerned with logos, colours and even names.