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Minute Service No. 2

Minute Service No. 2

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Minute Service Station, Georgia Avenue N.W." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.


Can you imagine

a modern gas bar that sold competing gas brands side by side? Amoco and Esso (at 25 cents a gallon?) is what I see. Dig the station logo, a stylized Minuteman with a hose and a gun! Don't mess with the attendants at this station.


Thanks Dave. And how I also thank all those guys who walked around with their Kodaks & took those (maybe then seemingly pointless) filling station, drugstore or movie theater shots we enjoy here today.

[These were all taken by professional photographers with giant tripod-mounted view cameras. - Dave]

Then & Now, Cont'd

Shorpyblog has some great "now" photos from PER of this and other posts. Here, here and here.

Stop! And...

Gee that's a wordy stop sign. "Arterial Highway" and "No Parking within 15 feet."

Best I can do for a current picture is Bird's Eye View in Live Search, and it shows this location is now a Shell. Click to enlarge.

Then & Now

Personally, I wish readers who live in the area would take a pic of these locations now and post it in the comments. It's endlessly fascinating to me to see how 'progress' has changed the landscape of our communities. This one would be perfect for a "then & now"!

[This just in from the Shorpicopter. Click to enlarge. - Dave]


So much to look at! I'd love to stop at a gas station like this -- I know the gas would be a lot cheaper! Love the truck at the pump! Such fun - thanks.

American Accessories Co.

No mention of an architect in the following but it looks like a Robert Bedesford design to me. This location is still a gas station today.

Washington Post, May 20, 1923

The American Accessories Co., composed of Allan E. Walker and Henry J. Sterzer, have opened an exceptional gasoline and accessories station at the intersection of Georgia and Kansas avenues and Upshur street northwest. The new station is flanked on the east by Georgia avenue, on the west by Kansas avenue and north by Upshur street, making it one of the most accessible filling stations in the Capital.

In the center of the large triangular tract is an attractive building of stucco and brick with tiled roof and canopies extending over the wide driveways.

Numerous visible measure gasoline and oil pumps are strategically located on the three wide concrete driveways, making blockades of any sort impossible and contributing in no small part to the rapid, efficient service which the American Accessories Co. promises will be one of the salient features. Airline, water and other services are very easy to access. In addition to the gasoline and oil business, the company in its store on the property will carry a very complete line of tires, automobile accessories and novelties.

A handsomely furnished ladies' rest room is one of the features.

The station ... represents in its entirety an investment of nearly $100,000. This is probably the largest side devoted to a fine filling station in the National Capital.

John R. Briggs, who has had long experience in the automotive field here, is manager of the new station.

The American Accessories Co. is one of four fine modern filling stations directed by Alan E. Walker. The others are the Washington Accessories Co., Seventeenth and I streets, northwest. The Automotive Accessories Co., Tenth and E streets northwest, and the Automotive Supply Co., Pennsylvania avenue and Twenty-first street northwest.

These stations are supplied with the highest grade Standard Oil Co.'s gasoline, from the large wholesale station of the Washington Accessories Co., which is located on River road just across the line in Maryland. Here four great tanks provide 80,000 gallons storage. A very large oil storage house is also part of the wholesale equipment. The gasoline is carried to the various stations in several monster tank trucks owned by the company. All gasoline is triple filtered by a special process, removing all water, dirt, and impurities.

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