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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FOLEY & BURK SHOWS: c. 1940s

Petro Pueblo: 1940

Petro Pueblo: 1940

July 1940. "Filling station is only building of modern design in the Spanish-American village of Penasco, New Mexico." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Do I read 12 cents a gallon plus 6 cents tax for a total of 18 cents a gallon on the gas pump? Ouch.

No. 10 Steel Drum

That's an early steel drum over there by the left corner of the building. Probably for oil or maybe kerosene, and known by its ICC Specification, No. 10.

Its shape was designed so that it could be handled with the same equipment as had been used for handling the wooden barrels it replaced, and furthermore its bilge shape added strength and resisted dents.

So how did they manufacture a container of this shape? They welded a steel cylinder (even earlier, riveted side seams were used), rolled in the head at each end, then filled the drum with high pressure water until it swelled to the desired shape!

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