Sinclair Ads

Big Bend National Park  copy

Sure, they might not be in line with your “values” (The headline on the Mesa Verde National Park advertisement reads: “America’s first apartment houses – today they belong to you!”), but these old Sinclair/National Park ads sure are good looking. And while searching for more on eBay, it’s impossible not to think of the last passage in the intro to Desert Solitaire.

Do not jump in your automobile next June and rush out to the Canyon country hoping to see some of that which I have attempted to evoke in these pages. In the first place you can’t see anything from a car; you’ve got to get out of the goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you’ll see something, maybe. Probably not.

A bunch more after the jump. Click ‘em to read ‘em.


Isle Royale National Park  copy Mt. Rainier National Park  Mesa Verde National Park  copy

Grand Teton National Park  copy copy

Bryce Canyon National Park  copy



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2 Responses to Sinclair Ads

  1. sinuhe xavier March 14, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Nice one!

  2. Joel March 15, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    In Yellowstone we still sell Sinclair gasoline and oil

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