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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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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50% tax

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!

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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