The lettering running across the door and cowl to the hood, "Howe's At the sign of the Indian" If you look at the front of the station on the street side you can see a large Indian there and one on the roof. A nice place to get gas if the weather is bad, you're under a roof to fill up.
Can't be Montana - I see road pavement and sidewalks...
I didn't find any information on the ORegon telephone exchange, but based on the vegetation, style of buildings, and brand of gas, this is almost certainly southern California. But not Los Angeles, where OR was ORchard.
According to a Google search, Howe's Gas Station was located at the Southwest corner of Melrose and Vista streets.
So apparently the phone exchange was later changed from ORegon to something else.
There's now a clothing store on that corner.
Yup, That was Stan Howe's gas station. He has another birthday next week, I think he's going to be a hundred and something.
How about ORange - as in Orange County...
"...Orange County is included in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thirty-four incorporated cities are located in the county..."
John, he is pretty well preserved for his age, no? Now, to figure out the preservative he uses...
Yes, it's wintertime...cabin fever already..
Several pictures on the 'net of that location...at least one with a passerby...
some text on the bottom of one picture:
"....Here's the service station's listing at 7456 Melrose Avenue in the 1932 CD. They're at the same address in the 1930 CD, but the listing is just a single line.
darn, the internet is scary...downright scary. It knows and divulges a great amount of information. Problem is, how much is true??
I read someplace that waterpumps and MMO are great improvements to be used on some old engines,...that was on the internet, too!
If you look under the canopy in the first picture, you can see some buildings on the north side of Melrose looking east that are still there.