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Icon20 Cool Pictures of old gas stations

Here's the link. One picture showing a '66 Mustang is about the newest.

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Very cool pics. How is the stacking done in that picture. I assume there is a lifting device between the two "garages". Dan

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Very cool. Thanks for sharing

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Third one down has a white car in the background that looks like a Cobra. Any of you old, wise sages got any input? MG or some other english sports car?

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The body character line and door cutout shape give it away as an Austin Healey 3000.

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Great photos! Thanks for sharing Don

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Do you think that in 40 years anyone will be looking back at old photos of forecourts and thinking how cool that old (toyota, Honda, ford, tm, vw) car looks - wish I could have one!
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At least one of them, the Little America station is still in business in western Wyoming. They have that same photo on the wall. I used to stop there when I was a long haul trucker.

The bomber gas station was near Portland, OR. It's gone now, but the plane has been moved to a museum.

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Those of us who did pump a bit of gas at a station in our youth still remember envying our buddies who had a job at a station, too - with a canopy.

After an hour or so, you get the hang of walking around on three inches of ice, cold hands, and the changer on your belt being inaccessible under a long coat. A pound of hot chili and beans for lunch would get burned off in a four hour shift.

Then, there was always that one guy who would show up at the worst possible time, buy a dollars worth, and flip out a hundred. We didn't make a hundred in pay for the week, much less have change for it. So, he'd drive off, smirking.

The boss caught wind of that and laid in wait one evening, just as he whipped out the hundred, he reached around me, snapped it out of his hand, and started to slowly - s l o w l y - count out ones, deliberately messing up halfway to make the point.

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Nope, don't miss the days of kicking the ice off license plates to fold them down, just to find a block of it frozen around the cap. Or working in the pouring rain, soggy new $20's sticking together, and coming out of my pay at the end of the week.

I figured it up, one six month stretch at one station, just working part time, I pumped more gas than I will ever use in my lifetime. But, I never got to have a canopy - most stations couldn't afford them, or wouldn't if they were subject to high winds.

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what is the story on the bomber gas station?

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Third one down has a white car in the background that looks like a Cobra. Any of you old, wise sages got any input? MG or some other english sports car?

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I would guess its an MG...
I remember those gas prices because we used to put two shilling piece into a self serve gas dispenser (bowsers as we called them) & two quid would just about fill the old MG TF
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Cool Don!

Love the "Original" Rat Rod in front of the Pure station.

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98% sure that is an Austin....The door lines cut backward, and rounded rear quarters and all.....

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Great pictures, Don. They bring back lots of memories like some the the guys tails of youth working at a gas station. Been there, done that. Luckily, I was in Florida and Texas. I didn't have to contend with as much ice.

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fantastic, donald, i can't say "i love history", however, i have an absolute fascination with "the way things were" - especially with car stuff.

looks like one of the photos is right here in Rancho Cucamonga.

you'd love the Petersen Auto Museum here in Los Angeles, they have all sorts of old-fashioned gas station mockups.

if i had the money, i'd make one in Los Angeles. with real attendants in white jumpsuits that come out, pump your gas, and clean your windshield.

one of my "if i win Lotto" ideas...


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My first impression was MGA but, after blowing it up and comparing the pictures Paul posted, I think it's a Healy. Pretty sweet whatever it is.

Oh that Pontiac wagon tow vehicle? Soooo Cool!

Cars had style back then. Rolling pieces of artwork. We couldn't wait for the new models to be unveiled.

Today they all look like jelly beans. With the exception of the recent Pony Cars and the 'vette, I don't think anyone looks forward to the new model year anymore.

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