Today I got an email from a close friend who was forwarding another email regarding the gas stations of days gone by. Among the many photos displayed of old gas stations was this one. In preparing to write this blog, I found that these photos had been posted by a gentleman named Dave Carter on his blog. You can find it here.
Many of you surely don't remember ever getting gas at a station like this. You may not even remember the days when you could drive into a gas station, sit in your car while an attendant hurried out to pump your gas and clean your windows and windshield. They would even check the air in your tires, open the hood and check the oil and the water in your radiator. Boy it's hard to find that kind of service today!
When looking at the pictures of the old gas pumps I was reminded of the days when I was just a small boy. At the station we went to, I remember that right near the pumps they had a square box about 3 ft by 4 feet, with a hand crank on BULK OIL. You can see that in the photo at left---the blue square box in the middle. In the 1920s and 1930s, many of the kitchens still had the KEROSENE cook stoves, so the gas stations had a prominent Kerosene dispenser also.
I remember in WaKeeney, Kansas on the south end of town there was a gas station that had the glass tank on top like in the picture at the top. We would first pump the gas up into the glass tank, then the gravity flow dispensed the gas. No electricity to the pumps!
That WaKeeney, KS station also bought our cream and eggs, and sold coal and a few groceries. I guess it was our version of today's "convenience store".