As recently as the 1940s, the wonderful scenic attractions of the United States' western regions were still viewed as remote and somewhat exotic by the nation's heavily East Coast-oriented population. These large-sized, thick-paper prints – distributed as premiums by gasoline service stations in America's Pacific corridor – display beautiful, full-color images of sights in California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and other western areas. The illustrations feature the work of such noted photographers as Ansel Adams, and various experts contributed descriptive text for the prints' backs. This is a substantial array of the eye-catching collectibles, and they are seldom offered; the pieces were given away only for brief periods during the summer of issue.
This group includes:
UO-32 1942 Standard Oil "Scenic View Folios" (1) – 10" x 13", 2-page. Includes Mt. Hood/OR;
UO-32 1946 Standard Oil "'See Your West' Scenic Views" (23 Different) – Near set 23/25, 12" x 15". For this year only, each print consisted of a photo sheet adhered to a printed backing. The near set is accompanied by a specially made "See Your West" album that was available from Standard Oil. Includes Glacier National Park/MT and Walpi Indian Village/AZ;
UO-32 1947 Standard Oil "Scenic Views" (41 Different) – Partial set 41/55, 12" x 15", thirty pieces with descriptive end-tabs still attached. Includes Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach/HI and Santa Barbara Mission/CA;
UO-32 1955 Standard Oil "Scenic Views" (9 Different) – Partial set 9/15, 11-1/2" x 14", all with descriptive end-tabs still attached. Includes #'s 8 Mount San Jacinto/CA and 13 Grand Canyon/AZ;
UO-Unc. 1950s Chevron "Scenic View Prints" (7 Different) – 11" x 14", one with descriptive end-tab still attached. Featured subjects include Mt. McKinley/AK and Great Salt Lake/UT.
The items are generally well-preserved (generally EX appearance, a few lesser) with routine circulation and storage faults.