GRANDT LINE OIL DISTRIBUTOR FOOTNOTE AND QUESTION


WILLIAM PARDIE
 

Subsequent to last weeks discussion of the Grandt Line oil distributor kits I assembled and painted the tanks from my two kits.This led to
many memories and a question. My first job out of college was with Union Oil.Everybody started at the bottom and my first assignment was to start the day by firing up a boiler and then cleaning and painting fifty five gallon oil drums. The paintinbg was done by placing the drum in a Rube Goldberg type of contraption that rotated the barrel for painting. The sides of the drum were painted blue followed by a coat of orange
sprayed on the top and bottom. This was done without masking shooting the top[ and bottom at an angle preventing overspray. This was union’s signature ;paint scheme.The job itself progressed to delivering the loaded three hundred pound drums to customers and then coming in at 5:00 AM to climb and manually gage the 8 to 10 tanks in the tank farm.

I painted thousands of drums without giving it much thought. The Grandt Line tqanks are drying while awaiting Flying A logos that afre being produced. My thoughts went to painting detaild for the facility. Flying A was active in Hawaii at the time but I do not recall noticing what color they painted their drums. Hopefully someone with a long memory might recall what color color they used on their drums.

Thanks inadvance for any help:

Bill Pardie


Tony Thompson
 

BILL PARDIE wrote:

I painted thousands of drums without giving it much thought. The Grandt Line tqanks are drying while awaiting Flying A logos that afre being produced. My thoughts went to painting detaild for the facility. Flying A was active in Hawaii at the time but I do not recall noticing what color they painted their drums. Hopefully someone with a long memory might recall what color color they used on their drums.
There are photos of Associated drums in red with a white center stripe, and black with a red stripe. Probably other combos too. Most oil companies did this for different products, such as grease, etc. Associated used Tidewater"s trade names for lubricants (Tydol and Veedol), as they had joined Tidewater to form Tidewater Associated before WW II.

Tony Thompson
tony@signaturepress.com


Jared Harper
 

Go to the gas signs website.  I got my White Eagle insignia from the website.  I printed one scale size, cut it out and glued it to the side of my warehouse building.

Jared Harper