Just read a post in the Vegas Valley Photo blog, which made me think of gas stations. If you have no particular reason to look at them in detail, they all look pretty much the same.
Around here, we have the Irving Oil brand, which was established here, in Saint John, 1924 by K.C. Irving. Now it’s a huge corporation and they own many important parts of Saint John. They have 900 gas stations in Canada and the US — mainly the New England states and upstate NY … they are white and blue, with a little red. Like this:
However, when we lived in Quebec, we lived in a small municipality outside of Quebec City; Lac-Beauport. When Irving was about to set up a new station there, they just weren’t allowed to make it their usual, glossy, white-and-blue-style … they had to adapt to the surroundings … the architecture of Lac-Beauport.
As I was looking at the Vegas style gas station this morning, it struck me that I never took a picture of the one in Lac-Beauport. Nowadays, however, we always have friendly Google Streetview at our fingertips:
Considerably ‘toned down’ … mostly brown. The convenience store there is Couche-Tard — ‘night owl’, I’m told it means.