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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.
Last station I worked (lower Manhattan ‘69) didn’t even have a lift, just a pit for oil, lube and exhaust work. Motor work was done outside. Brakes, shocks and front end work were also done outside on jack stands.
You’re right though. Today we have gas stations and we have repair shops. Rarely do we see the two combined. I think the new lifts that did not need the underground pneumatic piston chambers helped separate the two. I knew a repair shop that opened up in what was once an OLD movie theater thanks to those lifts.
Those were the good ol' days! That's around the time I started driving too. Gas was around 79 cents here.
Sorry. I misread your post.....
I started driving in the early 90s! lol
Clarkdale Classic Station
Corn alcohol gasoline, 10% blend.
For anyone who likes old cars, here’s a great site I stumbled across with an incredible number of old photos:
A lot of my misspent youth was spent at the old gas station next door washing windows, checking oil and pestering the old men who worked there. I’m sure it went a long way to developing my continuing love of cars.
I remember four or five of us driving around in one of our dads’ cars, probably around 1970, and each chipping in a quarter to get about 4 or 5 gallons of gas because we always had to replace the gas we used. And I think the gas station attendant pumped it, too.
I remember when gas was 28 cents a gallon back in the ‘60s but I was just a kid then. Those pics remind me of when we were a more polite and civilized society with a lot less worries.
I can’t even remember the last time I said, “Two bucks, regular.” LOL
What car is this ? Anyone ?
The coke machines were at the gas stations. It’s where I learned how slugs worked.
My buddy told me that a bunch of them would go to the gas station at night. They couldn’t get the bottles out but they did manage to pry off the caps. Then they would take turns on the straw....Those west side boys were a bit slow. My bro and I had slugs. Life was Brain vs Brawn.
That looks like a ‘54 Mercury Convertible in the background of #6. That was the first car I ever owned. Back then, gas cost 15.9 a gallon!
27¢ a gallon? About what you’d pay today, if you paid with silver coins.
Forget my #33. Looks more like a 30’s Chrysler product.
Filled the tank in my Vdub for $3.00 (about 10 gallons) in the late 60’s.
Everything is not worth more. The DOLLAR has been totally devalued.
I’d say a ‘34 Ford.
One of my first jobs was pumping gas at the Leschi Park Shell station. I started working there at a time when service stations were transitioning to gas stations. My boss had a built-in advantage in that there were no other stations within 4 or 5 miles of his operation.
The other bonus was that the area had gentrified over the years and real estate was too expensive to appeal to gas venders. So, without the direct competition he was able to weather the changes for a few extra years.
We would often get people coming in to have me check fluids and tires, washing windows and emptying ashtrays - and not making a purchase. I asked my boss why he directed me to waste my time on what I considered deadbeats and he replied, “I want these people to feel comfortable coming here”.
What I eventually learned was that those folks did buy gas from him - and also came to him for tires, lubes, and all their general mechanical needs. He had three stalls and always had vehicles on them.
Eventually the heavy hand of government crushed him and he sold out. A couple of years later I drove by to see that someone had converted it to the gas/mini market theme. A few months later on a return trip saw it razed entirely. Now the progressives who voted for dhimmicrats get to drive to overpriced and indifferent gas stations miles away.
Looks like early ‘30s Plymouth ?
1935 Ford Sedan
Think choirboy nailed it
These were fun to see. My mom is 100 and everytime we pass the local gas station, she asks if we remember when gas was $0.29. I laughed at this post. Thanks.
What a treasure to have this picture!!
The mid-’60s Gulf station (#8) brings back some memories... sure was surprised to see that brand making a comeback in Texas in the past year or so. Also, the pigeonhole parking rig (#27, I think) looks like a place my Dad used to park. He was late for dinner many times because the lift mechanism was flaky and cars up top would get stranded for hours.