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Le Grand Gas: 1940

Le Grand Gas: 1940

April 1940. "Post office and gas station. Le Grand, Iowa." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Gas Bargain?

Not bad, but not great unless you live in California. Seventeen cents in 1940 inflated to $3.32 in 2021.

No quantity discount

5 x 17 = 85. I'll bet you could get 10 gallons for $1.70, too.

Bumper crop

Probably a dozen years separate the cars on the right: far more progress in design than we'd see today, methinks.

You may approach the bench

I'm inclined to believe that many local disputes were adjudicated on that bench.

Volume Pricing

I'm just guessing that 6 gallons will cost you $1.02.

Gas costs the same

17 cents for a gallon in 1940 inflates to $3.32 in 2021 dollars:

Basically, gas then was about the same price as it is now, more or less.

102 East Main St.

It's now a tiny bank. The giveaway is the same house peeking out from the left side.

Pesky thing

You don't know about of the concept of inflation now. Do you? 17¢ in 1940 is worth $3.32 today as of September 2021. Seriously, people who don't know about inflation annoy me. Prices are on-par in that State with as of now, the third quarter of the year 2021.

Such a bargain.

17 cents a gallon, or 5 for 85. Well, fill 'er up! By the look of things, Le Grand has thawed.

In reply to Al Bear. I do know about inflation, I've been paying bills for fifty five years. And as to being annoying, well somebody had to be annoying and I always wanted to be somebody.

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