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Last Call: 1942

Last Call: 1942

May 14, 1942. Washington, D.C. "Filling up with gas on the day before rationing starts." 4x5 inch acetate negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Car on the far right

That suicide door is HUGE!

Washington Rubber Co. Cheaters!

In January 1943, only seven months after rationing started, Washington Rubber Co. was suspended from gasoline transactions for two months due to violating gas ration orders. In our nation's capital!

The citation referenced the location as Fourteenth and Belmont Streets N.W. In another photo Dave posted, the still standing Clifton Terrace Apartments in the background (thanks Notcom) would place our busy Conoco station here.

Neon —

Any chance of finding a photo of what appears to be a huge neon sign on the front of the station?

[Aside from the photo you were just looking at? - Dave]

Even or odd?

In the 1970s, I remember my parents were relieved that one of our cars had an odd-numbered license plate and the other an even-numbered one. They were extra happy they had bought a new high MPG Honda that year, despite the fact it put us at odds with the rest of friends and family.

Anyone out there get stuck on either side of that fence?

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