The Nostalgic Small Town America

I remember from a young age sitting at the window late at night watching the activity at the Texaco station on N.E. Halsey street in Portland, OR. The beckoning glow of the Texaco Star sign brought me comfort and to this day makes me nostalgic for the 60’s. 

The Texaco Star sign ignites memories of the “good old days” for even non-collectors. We all remember that road trip, filling up with our parents or first learning to drive. Texaco was ubiquitous on American roads. 

Texaco was an independent company until it merged operations with Chevron Corporation in 2001. For many years, Texaco was one of the only brands in the US selling under the same name in all 50 states. Hence, why most Americans alive during its tenure feel a connection to it. 

Personally, I always looked forward to going to Grandpa’s house because it was right behind the Texaco station. I remember the big Texaco Star sign illuminating the street and the station attendants running out when the driveway bell rang. 

There was just something fascinating about watching this activity at night from the upstairs bedroom window as a small kid. 

I’m fortunate to have followed my childhood curiosity and passion in my career. It evolved from collecting signs to founding Garage Art to increase access for other enthusiasts. Naturally, Texaco signs are some of our most popular. 

As I travel across the country, to this day, the sight of a Texaco sign still puts a smile on my face. 

For any collector, a Texaco sign is a must have. Original signs still run in a reasonable price range from $800-$15,000. 42’’ reproduction versions average around $399+. 

By: Steve Johnson (Founder of Garage Art)