Oct 5, 2015
Yeah, gas prices, the 1960's I guess cause of the car discussion?
Put a jacuzzi in there.
The future archaeologists will be wondering what that was for. What those peoples were doing there.
And they will probably reach conclusions that are completely wrong!
Urbana, Illinois in the early 50s. Love that Art Deco pump on the right.
I am surprised that even back then they had the "Contains Lead" warning signs.
There were other things people used gas for, or alternately kerosene. Lamps were still common, and there were camp stoves, to name two of the most common. Lead would clog up the works of these appliances. I remember "white gas" pumps as late as the seventies (lead imparted a red color on gas). People needed that information, and demanded it.
So more to protect the appliances than the people, I guess. I do remember when unleaded gas started. I accidently put some of it in my 63 Chevy Nova and it ran like crap. Had to put some additive into it to get it to run better.
Home of the University of Illinois, with pumps matching the school color.
Then why aren't they blue and orange?
Orange and black were Phillips colors nationwide. And Bartlesville is less than a hundred miles from Stillwater.
Sorry to burst your bubble...
PAN AMERICAN GASOLINE in Los Angeles in the 1920s.
Wisdom, Montana in 1942.
Wow, that's the old west there still!
Had to look that up on google maps, town is still there, wow!
I wonder if you got smarter from living in Wisdom?
Concrete, Washington. Another strange name for a town.
Limestone quarrying for Portland Cement Co. Previously known as "Cement City".
I thought you got limestoned from tequila...
Also at the end of a Milwaukee Road branchline.
Cementon, Pennsylvania. Big cement factory there.