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Texas Truckers: 1939

Texas Truckers: 1939

February 1939. "Gas station. Edcouch, Texas." One-stop shopping for petroleum and petunias. Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Bare bulbs on the pumps

This looks like a fire hazard to me!

Ohio Rubber

I noticed the signs for Mansfield Tires. They were made in Mansfield, Ohio, where I am from. My great aunt and great uncle worked there for many years. They closed the factory in the 1970s.

The doorway.

I'm keeping my eye on you.

Those where the days

Nice picture from the time when they knew how to serve customers.

Here you'll find a nice example of 2 Barnsdall road maps.

Love this subject

Greetings from The Netherlands

Gaskets in the window

Those were the days when head gaskets were available from roadside gas stations. Changing a head gasket by the side of the road was no big deal, unless you drove some exotic machinery with overhead camshaft.

Only in Texas

Some things will always stay the same. Doesn't look as if Texas has changed much since 1939, I believe I stopped here for fuel in 2007.

Flower Power

The petro-planters are a nice touch.

Ooooh ooooh oooh!

Can we have an oil series Dave? Love this photo, my grandfather/ father owned a Standard (Amoco--->BP) gas station and I relish the flotsam of those days. Service stations of the 1930s, 40s 50s, maybe even the 60s? It only seems appropriate, given that 'situation' in the Gulf. 'Cracker box' to Jet-Set.

[Click on the "Gas Stations" tag above the photo and you'll find many more such pix. - Dave]

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