Alert “06880″ readers Charlie and Sandie Cole — longtime Westporters, now living in Virginia — write:
Since your recent postings have included Westport service stations and artist Stevan Dohanos, we thought we would combine the two for you.
The picture is the cover of the Socony Mobil 1956 Annual Report. It depicts their conversion from one logo to another.
The inside page of the Annual Report says that the station was leased by Ben Sheehan on the “Boston Post Road” in Westport.
But as the painting progressed, Dohanos added other bits of Westport life.
The house in the background would be a view you would see while standing on Main Street in front of what is now Westport Pizzeria, and looking above the gas station there.
Sandie volunteered at the Mobil archives when the original painting was sent to the official ExxonMobil archives at the University of Texas around 2000, and she sent a copy to the Westport Library.
Does anyone have any recollections of where this gas station was, exactly? Could it actually have been the Mobil station on Main Street? Do you recognize any folks in the illustration? Or the dog?! Click “Comments” to share your memories.