Old gas stations

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  1. Fading Fast

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    Despite all the muddling, you can still see it is a nice looking little building. The original advertisement about "beauty in architecture" wasn't wrong.

    Separately, you can feel how wordy and overly polite the advertising text was at that time - not unusual at all for that period. Today, that ad would use two-thirds fewer words and would just "shout" out bullet points at the reader, no "You are invited to become acquainted...."
     
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    A salesman having his motorized roller skates refueled at a gas station, 1961.

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    July 1952 - The skates were controlled by a hand throttle connected to each 'power' unit, two-stroke engine.
     
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    A not so sharp photo of a gas attendant,
    "skating-on-the-job".
    (a term I first heard in the military) :)


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    Mercier, inventor of the motor-driven roller skates, France 1912.
     
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  5. Fading Fast

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    Let's see: beer, groceries, ice-cream, post office and gas - practically a town in one small building.
     
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    And notions.


    Sent directly from my mind to yours.
     
  7. 3fingers

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    Those kinds of places were very common in rural areas. There was one in every wide spot in the road town around here when I was young. If the town was on a highway, there was sometimes more than one. The one with the post office was usually busier though. That brings to mind another thing. The UPS truck was a fairly rare sight outside of large towns. Everything came to the post office. Including the baby chicks every spring.
     
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  8. 3fingers

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    Notions were important too. Besides the crap you picked up on a whim, if the batteries went dead in the flashlight or radio it was a long way to the next large town to get more.
     
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    Fresh milk.
     
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  10. GHT

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    That was very much The British scene too, pre-war. There was a gradual morphing from convenience store that also sold fuel, to a more purpose motor car orientated place that became known as a filling station, then some went on to become service and repair centres, whilst a few became car showrooms for new car sales. Now it's come full circle and the shop part of the filling station is once more, a convenience store.
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  13. LizzieMaine

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    Nice tie on that Shell attendant. No doubt a letter from the area supervisor spelling out uniform regulations is already in the mail.
     
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    I’m partial to sundries, but notions are nice.
     
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    Mid- to late 1950s, I think. That was one of the Raymond Loewy-designed Studebakers, though I don't know model names.
     
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    The car might be hers, and he's chatting her up -- the playboy owner, or owner's son, making time with a customer.

    Or the car could have been purchased for her by her husband, and he's about to find that out.
     
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    That figure must have been a standard model. We had a muffler shop in the suburbs here with that same figure, and until fairly recently he remained outside the same building, which now houses an auto title company.
     
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    Without knowing what "Route," it would be hard to say where this is. NM is a big state. The mountains suggest north or west borders; the eastern border with Texas is pretty flat.

    Lizzie suggests there would have been a CCC camp nearby. Maybe near Los Alamos? But no, it was a school that Oppenheimer converted into the Los Alamos laboratory later.
     
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  20. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    According to the caption:

    “ A motorist stops to get directions from a state trooper in New Mexico, Route 66 on the border to Arizona...”

    (There’s comments regarding whether that’s a state trooper or a gas station attendant giving directions)
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    Found on the web under “colorized” photos.
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