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Classical Gas: 1942

Classical Gas: 1942

July 1942. Washington, D.C. "Cars and trucks on Independence Avenue S.W." Photo by John Ferrell for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Shorpy Vehicle Identification Imperative

No one has yet identified the humble 2dr sedan in front of that adorable Shell gas truck. It is a 1939 Hudson. My dad had a 1937 Terraplane version of the sedan in the photo. He enjoyed calling the Hudson a "Late Model Essex." Which, I guess, it was.

Car IDs

The car closest to the sailor is a '39 Plymouth. The car on the right with radio antenna and Greyhound hood ornament is a '35 Ford. Car radios were expensive in the 1930s, $80 for a Packard radio. The low-priced 3 had MSRPs of about $700, so a radio sale made the dealers happy. Does anyone know what a heater cost in 1935 - 1940?

No where to go

There are no pockets in a Navy dress uniform, difficult to know what to do with your hands. Same with football uniforms.

Sentimental moment

My Dad worked for Shell for nearly 50 years. He kept a 1/32(?) scale model version of this tanker truck on his office credenza for as long as I can remember. Nice to see a photo of the real thing.


The '30s and early '40s saw the gradual application of Deco and streamlined design themes to a wide assortment of machines, in this case the Shell tanker depicted.

What's the difference between a gasoline tanker and a Sunbeam toaster? In this instance, not a whole lot, aesthetically speaking.

Healthy trees

Today's view shows scraggly, anemic looking trees. So much so it's not hard at all to see the Washington Monument.

[In the December 2016 view below, it's almost as if the trees are missing their leaves. Bizarre! - Dave]

It's more than just the leaves, Dave.

[Yes. They're a sickly green color. - Dave]


The arms on the sailor, way on the left.

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