Union 76 aerial topper
Polystyrene antenna (aerial) topper ball from the Union 76 Petrol company
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76 (formerly Union 76) is a chain of gas stations located within the United States. The 76 brand is owned by Phillips 66 Company.Union Oil Company of California, dba Unocal, the original owner and creator of the Union 76 brand, merged with Chevron Corporation in 2005.
Union 76 invented the antenna topper concept as an advertising promotion.These polystyrene balls about the size of a golf ball would fit onto the car aerial.People loved them as it helped to find your car in the huge lots. Beginning in 1967, Union 76 distributed tens of millions of orange 76 styrofoam antenna balls. These were popular, primarily in the Greater Los Angeles area, where they are still seen . In the winter of 1968, they also proved to be safety aids in northwestern US cities such as Spokane, Washington when wind and snow created drifts that made it difficult to locate cars without whip antennas and the ubiquitous orange 76 ball on themUnion Oil (for many years based in El Segundo, California) introduced "76" gasoline in 1932. The name referred to the 1776 United States Declaration of Independence, and was also the octane rating of the gasoline in 1932