This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Twofer Tuesday - Signs and Logos

I was showing some folks the two Mary Lou Troutman paintings of Buzzy's Country Store and was asked about the differences in the top logo on each sign.  Here is Mary Lou's original Return for Deposit with the Coke bottle sign shown:

Her second offering Days to Remember had a Texaco Fire Chief logo:
It sent me to the old black and white photo album where I found these two shots of Stevie and me with the signs/logos in the background:
The Coke sign that Mary Lou captured in her first painting is shown behind Stevie in a photo taken in 1957.  I am in a 1960 photo with a Pepsi sign logo in the background.  It leads me to conclude that Buzzy played the Coke and Pepsi folks off against one another to see who would give him the better deal on having their logo on his sign.  Try as I did, I was unable to locate any photos showing the Texaco Fire Chief logo.

Given these various options then, I elected to stay with the Coke logo and use the red/eye catching one on top of the new sign:

Maybe years from now someone will be examining photos of the two signs that I have had up during my tenure of owning Buzzy's.  Unlikely I guess, but you never know do you?

When Brian opens the Store for me, he usually has the Lithium channel tuned in and cranked up.  Some of the tunes they play, I can't name who the artist is or was.  However, I can and do recognize anything from the Chilli Peppers such as the following: 

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