Filling station \u2013 remember?\r\n\r\nIt was the place to buy gas and products for your car or truck.\r\n\r\nOh, yes, and you could also get paper road maps.\r\n\r\nNow, there are gas station\/convenience stores.\r\n\r\nDo we even have stations where gas is the main product?\r\n\r\nIn the 1930s, my dad owned a small filling station. \r\n\r\nIt was full service.\r\n\r\nDad pumped the gas, popped the hood and checked the oil, battery, belts and radiator \u2013 everything under the hood.\r\n\r\nTires were checked to ensure the correct air pressure.\r\n\r\nBack then vehicles didn\u2019t have containers for windshield washing fluid \u2013 so last, but not least, the windshield was cleaned to a shine.\r\n\r\nAnd all of this at no extra charge.\r\n\r\nA \u201cthank you\u201d was appreciated.\r\n\r\nAnd it was followed by the familiar reply, \u201ccome again!\u201d\r\n\r\nThe station always had a few guys sitting around talking.\r\n\r\nIt was a time when a woman never pumped gas. If Dad was busy, one of the men jumped up and did it.\r\n\r\nI loved to spend time with Dad at the station in the summer.\r\n\r\nThe red cooler out front was filled with ice and water, and an assortment of sodas was kept in there \u2013 orange, grape, root beer, coke \u2013 and all in glass bottles.\r\n\r\nThere was a small deposit on the bottle if you took it with you, but it was refunded if the bottle was returned.\r\n\r\nI was fascinated by the large white sign with a red-winged horse. In the 30s, and possibly the 20s, it was the trademark of Mobil Gas and Oil.\r\n\r\nYou don\u2019t see these signs now, but I\u2019m sure a few of them can be found rusting away in old sheds somewhere.\r\n\r\nOne red-winged horse sign is preserved in a museum in Dallas, Texas.\r\n\r\nI was talking with a couple of friends and we recalled that the winged horse was called Pegasus, a Greek mythical god. He was portrayed as being pure white, and he was the steed of Meseus, who rode him into battle against other mythical gods.\r\n\r\nI do not know why it was painted red on the Mobilgas signs.\r\n\r\nDo you?