Most of the photos in this post were donated by Joe (Joey as we used to call him) Cooper. Joe was a neighbour of mine in our younger years, and as we grew into our driving years we hung around service stations to learn and to see what the other guys were driving which of course later became what they were driving on the dirt track as well. Well, Joe ended up working for one owned by Charlie Miller and Ray Defoy (Ray Charles Texaco) which was on the corner of Victoria and now McKellar St....we all hung around there a lot....so thanks Joe for loaning me these photos most of which I had never seen before...but the stories I remembered very well!
We first start out here with something we all love to hate, and that is the Victoriville Centre. The city built this monstrosity right in the middle of our cruising strip. Yes, you heard this story many times before and it has been written about many time on this blog.....well let's get to it!!
|MR. MAYOR....TEAR THIS PLACE DOWN....WE WANT OUR CRUISIN' STRIP BACK!!!|
I must say this...click on ALL of the photos or groups to make them screen size.
|My '55 Chev Sedan Deliver circa 1968|
Note...the redish coloured license plate on the front...well, a sedan delivery was considered a commercial vehicle and you were allowed to license it quarterly. Quarterly plates were all different colours, not the typical black on white and white on black. I also could never decide whether the car should have the front bumper on or off. ☺
Another thing that was from the time frame is that if you had a commercial vehicle, you would need to actually put your name on the side.....as shown here. The Canadian Tire Store as you will see below was firstly a Safeway Grocery store in the early 1950's.....and the photo below shows what is is now.
|Be sure to click on the above to read the story attached.|
Now...looking towards the north and east is a fantastic photo of Bruce Tiboni's Camaro, Drapkin and Son's delivery vehicle (probably being serviced at Ray Charles), a fantastic to die for Texaco Porcelain sign, beautiful red pump with Fire Chief Gas sign, a Starburst Bonus sign just above the Camaro....the handy as hell Liquor Control Board store across the street, Hurtig Furriers, Nu-Fashon Beauty Salon and of course Chapples Store and a Victoria Avenue that went straight through Syndicate Avenue....we were so lucky then. ☺
Well....in the middle of Joe's photos is a picture of my '57 Chevy which I actually sold before I got the '55....well, they are Joe's photos. I'm not sure where it was taken....likely Boulevard Lake or Chippewa Park. I'm leaving it in anyway! Scroll down for more good stuff.
This picture was in with the bunch too.....it is a young picture of Joe Cooper pumping gas one winter day in front of Ray Charles Texaco. I love calling him Mr. Texaco....with the Buddy Holly glasses, the Texaco coveralls and no mustache....LOL Sorry Joe!
This next group of photos is pretty much self explanatory....so click to enlarge screen size and read away......