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Classical Gas: 1925

Classical Gas: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Texas Company, Sixth Street SW." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Bread Truck

It looks like a Walker Electric. Similar to the one pictured here.

Walk In

This is another of those great photos that I almost feel I could just walk into. Thanks to the size, clarity, and detail.

Bread Truck

Would the large box between the wheels of the bread truck be a battery box? I think electric cars and trucks still being made in 1925.

Curious

I love that "Rice's Bread" truck! I've never seen a truck in that style before and for lack of a better way to describe it, it looks really neat!

What are the things on wheels there in front of the shop, between the two pumps, with the Texaco star on them? Can't make them out very well on my small screen.

[Oil pumps. - Dave]

"Standard"

Standard Oil of New Jersey used those quote marks to distinguish itself from other Standard Oils of the day before hitting on the idea of "Esso" (S.O.) as a brand.

Standard Oil...

...is just across the street.

Classical Gas

Is that title a reference to Planet of Sound by the Pixies?

[Mason Williams. - Dave]

 
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