Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Bud's Gulf Station Halloween Promotion – Oct. 1963

Here's a nice seasonal ad for Bud’s Gulf Service that ran in the October 18, 1963 edition of the Lorain Journal. The station was located at the intersection of North Ridge Road (State Route 254 back then) and Pearl Road.

The free Halloween pumpkin with fill-up was a clever marketing gimmick, especially for a service station located out in the country with easy access to farm-fresh produce.

Before the move out to North Ridge Road, Bud’s was located at 3671 Oberlin Avenue in Lorain

Bud’s did not last long at the new location, however. Within a couple of years, the service station became Al & Lu’s Gulf. By 1969, it was Nick’s Gulf Service, run by Nick Varough.

By 1980, the station was still in the Varough family but was now Mid-Cities Citgo. I believe it later became a Marathon station.

Today, a gas station is still at the location. However, the days of a recognizable brand of gasoline being sold there are apparently long gone.

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