Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mobil + Mobile (for Mobil or Mobile)

"A gas station is a place where you sometimes fill the car, but more often drain the kids." (Anon.) Mobil + Mobile is found 13 times in OhioLINK, making it somewhat less than a high-test typo—more like a regular one—according to the Ballard list. "Car, car, C-A-R," we used to chant as children, playing in the rural road that would only see an automobile come by about once every half an hour. I have one of those fuzzy but persistent memories of reading a book in my youth that featured the ubiquitous flying red horse from the Mobil gas station. I can't recall the title anymore and would be very grateful if someone out there knows what it is.

(Like the mystery kids' book, I also can't remember where I found this lovely image of the Mobil Pegasus logo, but I think it would make a great mobile to hang over the bed.)

Carol Reid


Unknown said...

I was trying to remember this book too! Which my search brought me first to your blog here, but I kept this page open in case I found out what it was, and guess what--I did! It is:
The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring, by John Bellairs 1976
the sequel to A House with a Clock in its Walls.
Hope that makes your day!

librarytypos said...

Thanks, Shel, but I don't think this was the book I had in mind since I'm pretty sure, given my age, that it would have had to have been published during the 1960s or earlier. Thanks for letting me know about the Bellairs series, though!


Cheryl said...

I'm looking for this book also. Remember loving this book as a child.