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artisans7JimHerrmannisnotjustacollectorofgasandoilmemorabiliaandclassicautomobiles.Hex19sperhapstheforemosthistorianofcarcultureinDeKalbCounty.Notonlycanhepointoutthelocationsofseeminglyeverygasstationgarageandcardealerthateveroperatedintheareabuthealsoworkedatmostofthematonetimeoranother.BillWhitex19sPhillips66DocHudsonx19sDXVancex19sPureOilSebbyx19sEmcoTallischFordElliottMotorsClarkx19sPackardevenFourthStreetMotorsinDeKalbwhereJimsoldcarsfortheKatzfamilybusinessinthemid-1960s.LaterheownedhisowncarlotsatanumberofprimelocationsinSycamoreturningoverinventoryaboutthreetimesamonthattheheightofhiscareer.x1cIwasalwaysinthecarbusinessx1dhestatessimplybutthatseemssomethingofanunderstatement.x1cBusinessx1distooordinaryawordforJimx19sinvolvementwiththeautomobile.x1cIlovecarseversinceIwas8yearsold.Iwouldsitinacarwithmydadandtellhimtheyearsandthemodelsofeverycarthatwasgoingby.Itx19sneverchangedandIx19m71.x1dJimisatrueconservatorof20th-centurypetrolianabuildinghisextensiveandeclecticcollectionforitsinvestmentvalueandthencaringforitwithwindshieldsforanywherefrom29to32centsagallon.Thatx19swhenitwasgood.x1dThatsentimentgetstotheheartofJimx19spassionstationattendantsworetiesandtookprideintheirserviceandthecarsthemselveswerefullofpersonality.Theirgrilleseithersmiledorfrowned.x1cThehappycarorthemadcarx1dJimplayfullycallsthem.Jimx19scollectionfeaturesdozensofvintageandreproductiongasandoiladvertisingsignsporcelaintiniconicx1cswingersx1dandeventheoriginalthree-dimensionalx1cSelectUsedCarsx1dthatroseabovetheNashRamblerdealeracrossfromtheDeKalbCountyCourthouseinthe1950s.ThereareglobesandpumpsandphotographsevenhisshopbathroomrecreatesapieceofRoute66history.Hestillhaseverydealertaghewaseverissuedgoingback39yearsallinpristinecondition.Jimhasalwayscollectedforhisownpleasureandrarelyeversellsbutrecentlyhex19sbeencontemplatingretirementandisthinkingitmightbetimenowtocashouthisinvestment.LikeAneartthoughalotwilldependonthemarketsometimesitx19sstrongsometimesweak.ButsomewherethereisanotheraAcionadolikeJimwithamassivebarnbehindhishouseashopintownandaneyefortheinherentbeautyofthebygonegasstation.meticulousattentiontodetail.Hetreatseachartifactwithtremendousrespectbecausehecherishesthevalueseachonerepresents.x1cAlotofpeoplethinkyoux19reanoldgreasemonkeywhenyouworkinagasstationx1dJimsaysx1cbutifitwasnx19tforthegreasemonkeyswhokeptthecarsgoingnobodywouldhavegottenanywhere.WeemptiedtheashtraysswepttheBoorscheckedthetiresandoiltoppedoffthewaterandwashedtheJimHerrmannx1cClassicCollectorx1dJimx19stwo-toneChevylooksrightathomeinhisshrineroom.