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Conoco Ethyl: 1942

Conoco Ethyl: 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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I wish I could learn

... this man's name and what he did in his life. Family, work, interests, accomplishment, life in general. This is my greatest interest in these incredible photos from way back in the day.

Cadillac it is

That car with the nifty taillight is a 1941 Cadillac Series 61 coupe. Images of a beautiful example can be seen at Mecum Auctions (link follows). Scroll through the images and you'll see a close-up detail shot of the taillight.

https://www.mecum.com/lots/SC0520-414868/1941-cadillac-series-61-coupe/

Yes, you had to stand there

the entire time. No lock to keep the gas flowing or automatic shutoff in 1942. Although I think the attitude about smoking to relieve your boredom while you were around the pumps was pretty lax.

Taillight gas filler

A feature of the "tri-five" Chevys of 1955-57, as well as others in the General Motors fleet. That is a stunning rear quarter view.

Cadillac, I believe

With a nifty taillight gas cap.

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