After Unocal was taken over by Conoco-Phillips, the Union 76 ball is slowly being replaced by flat-boxed 76 signs in many markets. Car enthusists and advocates for preserving the recent past are petitioning Conoco-Phillips to save the remaining 76 balls - which were first introduced in 1962.
In Toledo, Union 76 disappeared from the market about eight years ago just as it has in many parts of the US. But one 76 ball was still extant at a closed service station in North Toledo.
Is the 76 ball worth preserving? Or is it just a caroonish symbol of the oversaturated automobile culture that has destroyed the landscape and has no historical value whatsoever?