Thursday, July 12, 2012

Those Places Thursday: Your Last Chance


Those Places is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers that invites family historians to post photos and stories about places their ancestors lived. 

This is the final installment of a series based on my great-aunt Velma Davis Woodring’s scrapbook that she kept during her freshman year at Harrisonburg Teachers College (now James Madison University). 

This gas station on Route 11 between Harrisonburg and Staunton, Virginia advertises itself as Your Last Chance.




Velma captioned it:  Scene near HTC 1925. Gas was about 20-23 cents a gallon. That equates to about $2.63-$3.02 per gallon today. Not too much different from today's rate.  


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  1. What a lovely catch phrase - it just needs a few dots and the imagination can run wild. Your Last Chance ......
    I'll miss your great-aunt Velma.

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    1. Oh you'll see her. I'm just out of "places" based on her scrapbook. Most of the pictures are of her and her college friends. They'll pop up in other types of posts, I'm sure.

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  2. I've always chucked at the "last chance" signs along the roads. Even official transportation agencies post signs that say things "like last gas for 250 miles"! And it's amazing that the price of gas then and now is relatively the same.

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    1. That sign seems to be almost cliche for old movies, but I had never really seen one.

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  3. That is a great picture! I love how Aunt Velma noted the price of gas. I remember when it was that much in the late 60's/early 70's.

    Kathy M.

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    1. Yeah, I know! When Barry and I started dating gas was 28 cents. And no, we didn't date in 1925!!

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  4. Depends on where you live...gas is $3.89 here near S.F.
    Loved the Last Chance photo :)

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    1. The gas prices have fluctuated greatly here in Virginia. Right now it's about $3.09 but it was $2.99 a couple weeks ago. Still, I'm surprised how close the price of gas today is to what it was in Velma's day.

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  5. "Your Last Chance" Would Make Grand Name For Any Business These Days.............

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  6. "Your Last Chance"...sounds kinda ominous doesn't it? I would imagine most people traveling that way stopped to get gas.

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    1. I'm sure they did. There were not that many cars in 1925, so there probably weren't many gas stations either.

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  7. I wonder if this was Sell Shifflett's place?

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    1. No, Velma said it was on Rt 11 near HTC. Sell's place was on Rt 33 in McGaheysville.

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