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Posted on 01/05/2013 6:21:43 AM PST by navysealdad
This will bring back some memories. You will love the cars in the photos too. Look at the price of gas in some of the pictures.
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circa 1963...I remember 27 cents for gas...same as a pack of cigarettes and Carroll’s hamburgers were either 10 or 15 cents.
The sad thing is that gas prices really didn’t shoot up massively till the last decade. When I started driving in the early 1980s I was paying around 65 cents.
Pretty cool, with three very interesting pictures.
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1) SOHIO station: I think I worked there when I was in HS
14) Check out the car advertised at Barney’s Motor Cars.
15) bad idea 80 years ago and still a bad idea in 2013
Number 1 should read 14.
One of my sharpest memories of my time as a pump jockey is Mrs. Kim.
“Fill up, checka oil, checka water, checka battery, checka ALL four tire, washa ALL window and mirror”.....every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday....and NEVER so much as a nickel tip.
Almost 50 years ago, but I can STILL hear that voice.
14th photo,I didn’t know they had corn juice in gas then.
I had no idea they were trying to peddle corn based ethanol back in the 30’s.
I remember my ‘64 Ford Fairlane Sports Coupe with a 289 Shelby engine (from a junk yard) and weekend nights with a quart of Wild Irish Rose and a Half gallon of Dog ‘n Suds root beer. The three guys in back would bail out and I’d race ‘68 and 69 GTO’s until they cried. Go back to get my buddies and all the root beer was gone.
You knew my first wife?
Taxes played a big part in killing the gas station attendant.
There used to be some actual money for the station owner in selling gas but now the profit margin is almost non existent so gas is just the reason for people to stop. The crap inside the building is where the profit is.
Mid-late 60’s in NYC, gasoline paid the nut. (rent and utilities) The money came from the bays.
Good for a chuckle:
“Try! Corn Alcohol Gasoline - 10% Blend”
Looks like the date written on the photo is 4-11-23 from the Nebraska State Historical Society.
The last ‘major’ gas war I recollect was in NE Oklahoma in 1972, when I was attending graduate school there. One time I paid $0.19/gal because I passed up the $0.15/gal, thinking it might be cheaper on down the road. It has been as low as $0.14/gal at some stations. But, nearer to the Arkansas state line, prices increased.
That whole year I paid between $0.14 and $0.19. Soon after, the gas war ended. Although there were periodic gas wars during the next decade, I never again saw prices that low. In the spring of 1979, gas prices hit the mid-$0.40 range and never went down.
I really love those pillar gas pumps, and the stations had so much more style back then in general.
An era most are to young to remember, they not only pumped your gas but cleaned the windshield,checked the oil, tires and any other fluids you requested all without expecting to be tipped.They were called “SERVICE stations”.
I used to own that ‘55 Olds 2 tone, 4dr. hard top in #4. The front doors weighed a ton. That’s when they still made cars out of real steel.
And I still own that ‘29 4 dr. steel back, 4 dr. Model A Ford in the corn ethanol ad.
In mid 80’s when I started driving it was $1.05, and I would still end up running out of gas. Was 22 1/2 gallon tank. Never filled it.