Chevron's original name was the Standard Oil Company (California). They changed their name around the 1940s and 1950s (Of course, they still have the rights to Standard Oil). They had a "victory wings" sign on the V from World War II until the 1960s. If you have the money, and time...see if you can find the 1 "Standard" gas station that's in every state Chevron sells in. They do this so people won't steal their name.