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CJ Tuffy
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PostSubject: Spur Token   9/28/2009, 11:26 am

I found this token while detecting at an older location here in Charlotte. I can not find any info on it. Does anyone have an idea as to the history of it?

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PostSubject: Got It!!   9/28/2009, 12:26 pm

The Spur Distributing Company was formed in 1928 (re-organized as the Spur Oil Company in February, 1959) by J. Mason Houghland, and the Company was head-quartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Spur located its stations on right-of-way land it inexpensively leased from the railroad for 30 days to one year with the obligation to receive product by railroad tank car. At each location the Company erected a small building with a gravel driveway and three or four pumps. Only gasoline and motor oil were sold. The marketing system had less overhead than other marketers because of the relatively cheap transportation of the tank cars and the advantage of having the product shipped directly from the refinery and unloaded into the service station's tanks from a spur track, of side track, of the railroad.

Before Murphy purchased Spur, motorists knew the (still) registered trademark as a representation of one of the railroad tank cars which unloaded product to the stations. The words "SPUR GAS" were printed on the silhouetted tank car, and "SPUR GASOLINE" was printed in a circle around the edges of the glass globe atop the pump. The distinguishing sign was the only such trademark motorists saw from the road.

Murphy employed the New York advertising agency Lippincott & Margulies to originate a new logo that would be a blend of the well known Spur name and its new owner. The agency originally wanted to associate the Spur brand with the spur on a cowboy's boot, but a compromise produced the rowel, or spiked disc of the spur.

THIS MEANS THE TOKEN WAS BEFORE 1959...YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY
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PostSubject: Re: Spur Token   9/28/2009, 1:12 pm

I can remember Spur gas stations! There were several in Columbia Tn., about 45 miles south of Nashville...Cool find...
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PostSubject: Re: Spur Token   10/12/2009, 12:40 pm

I remember growing up in rural North-East Florida, there were some Spur Gas Stations!

Cool Find! afro

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