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Cornerspotter: The Shellubrication of Seattle in 1949

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Cornerspotter is the Curbed Seattle feature in which we show you a historical photo taken somewhere in the city and you identify the location. Impress fellow Curbed readers with your knowledge by leaving guesses in the comments or send them to our tipline: seattle@curbed.com. We'll post the answer on Friday. And hey: no cheating!


Seattle Municipal Archives

What exactly was "Shellubrication?" We'll never quite know, and maybe we don't want to. But this Northeast Seattle Shell station was more than willing to dole some out to unsuspecting drivers. Perhaps it has something to do with the McDonald's also located inside. And you thought combining fast food with gas stations was something reserved for rest stops? Oh no. Today you'll find a small strip mall on this spot. Just because it's a bit of a toughie, we'll also throw in that there's a Safeway across the road. So, what intersection are we looking at?