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Girls & Boys: 1939

Girls & Boys: 1939

July 1939. "Gas station. Washington, D.C." Right this way to Ladies and Free Air. Medium format negative by David Moffat Myers. View full size.

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Sinclair's "Houston Concentrate"

In 1926, Sinclair leapt ahead of most of its competitors with H-C, the industry's original high-octane premium gasoline for motorcars. The 72-octane auto fuel, developed at its Houston refinery, was better than anything then marketed (Lindbergh's flight to Paris the following year was on 73-octane gasoline). H-C stood for "Houston Concentrate," though some advertising men called it "High Compression."

Sinclar H-C gas sign

Back in the day we called them "Filling Stations"

-and at this one you could fill your tires AND top off your radiator (assuming those larger, spigoted hoses are for coolant). This must have been a big station to feature four of these units AND a luxurious ladies lounge with curtained fenestration.

Gender specific?

I believe those are ECO 44 Tireflators. Here's a reproduction one and someone's vintage collection.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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