Back before pay-at-the-pump and groceries at the gas station you didn't need to get out of your car when filling up the tank.
I can remember back when I was in high school and had the family car for cruising our little town I could pull into the local Texaco station and as the car rolled up to the pumps and over a hose on the ground a familiar 'ding, ding' sound could be heard that signaled the gas station attendant that he had a customer. He would come out (dressed in a uniform) and as I rolled my window down he'd ask "how much?" Usually it was one or two dollars and I could drive around all night and the nine miles back home with gas to spare. While the gas pumped he would wash my windshield, check the oil and my tires, and all with a smile and a thank you.
Long gone are catchy slogans like 'Trust Your Car To The Man Who Wears The Star' and 'Put A Tiger In Your Tank'. Iconic brand symbols like the Sinclair dinosaur, the Esso tiger, and the Texaco star have all long disappeared. Most certainly full service is a thing of the past.
On snowy or rainy days when it's pouring down and you need gas wouldn't it be nice to have a full service gas station to pull into and stay in your car while you told someone else to 'fill-er-up'!
Hubby and I were searching for a round barn I saw from the Interstate and were driving down a dirt road that was barely one lane when we came upon this little 'station' on someones property. We sat in the middle of the road while I took this photo. (Sorry for the hood of the car in the right corner.)
I'm not sure if this was an original station that was moved here or one just replicated. You can't tell from the picture but the glass in the windows is old wavy glass. The two pumps are definitely from different eras. Either way it was a pretty neat find in the middle of nowhere.
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