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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.