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Second City Service: 1941

Second City Service: 1941

July 1941. "Gas station. Chicago, Illinois." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Fill 'er Up with Ethyl!

Though black and white, we can tell the gas globes are different colors. It is pretty safe to assume the lighter one on the left was white, and the one on the right is red. In that time period, the white globe indicated "Ethyl", considered premium gasoline, and the red would be regular. Around 1956, premium would be replaced by the gold crowns.

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