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Axelrod: The Flying A Dog

Flying A Dog Figure

Flying A Dog Figure

A major gasoline brand from the 1930s to the 1960s, Flying A was owned by Tidewater Petroleum. The Flying A Dog, Axelrod, was an advertising character for Flying A Service Stations in the 1960s.  He starred in a few commercials, appearing in his A-shaped doghouse with a worried expression.  Axelrod was the perfect mascot for these commercials because, as a basset hound, his natural demeanor was one of a worrisome hound dog.

The commercials featured sayings like, “When it comes to your car…oooh, do we worry!”  Also heard was “The house that worry built.”

Sometimes there was the catchy jingle, “At Flying A we worry … about your carburetor … your sparkplugs, muffler, tail lights and your voltage regulator.”

As a sponsor, Flying A commercials featuring Axelrod ran during broadcasts of the New York Yankees baseball games.  As Tidewater Petroleum also owned the rights to the Pacific Coast Conference, Flying A advertisements ran during west coast football and basketball games. Axelrod the Flying A Dog also appeared in print ads featured in Saturday Evening Post.

In 1966, the western US stations of Tidewater Petroleum were bought out by Phillips Petroleum Co. and were rebranded with Phillips 66.  In the eastern US, Flying A was replaced by Getty, and later, Texaco.  Axelrod The Flying A Dog was phased out, but he remains alive in collectible merchandise that was made in his likeness.

Image of Axelrod in Flying A Ad

1965 print ad featuring Axelrod

Last updated: September 5, 2013
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  • http://www.facebook.com/LeonGoudikian Leon Goudikian

    Thank you, James Taranto, the great and inimitable WSJ columnist, for pointing out the existence of the Flying A dog. 

  • http://twitter.com/nativist America’s Native Son

    I got one of those dogs in my shed, since the 1960′s