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Gasoline Alley: 1941

Gasoline Alley: 1941

August 1941. Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland. "Service station on Gay Street." Acetate negative by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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"Tydol" was the brand name for the Tide Water Oil Company -- which I guess should surprise no one -- and I'm thinking you could buy a lifetime of 15-cent parking for what all those globes would bring in today; but equally nice is what they sit upon: a fine, museum-like display of progression in pump design from the archaic visible design, to the clockface, and finally (what appears to be) an early "computer" model.

Pay to park, and go where?

The castle-like towers down the street are still there, albeit altered and blocked by trees in Street View. They belong to the District Court of Maryland, 310 Gay Street. Two things I can't figure out:

1) What was worth paying for parking in 1941? Yes, right behind John Collier was and is a shopping area on Race and Poplar Streets. Was parking in 1941 that hard to come by? Today there is free public parking directly across from where the gas stations stood.
2) Brooks Bros. gas station -- are these the brothers who decided they didn't want to sell really nice clothes?

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