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A Century of Fueling in Pictures

Posted:1/28/2014   16 photos
  • 1910s: The first gas station no longer exists – but it created a lasting legacy.

    1910s: The first gas station no longer exists – but it created a lasting legacy.

  • 1920s: Early pumps had glass globes, to prove to drivers that fuel was being dispensed.

    1920s: Early pumps had glass globes, to prove to drivers that fuel was being dispensed.

  • 1920s: New locations often were set up quickly to take advantage of increased fuel demand.

    1920s: New locations often were set up quickly to take advantage of increased fuel demand.

  • 1930s: As the Depression deepened, “premiums” for customers became more important. So did service.

    1930s: As the Depression deepened, “premiums” for customers became more important. So did service.

  • 1930s: Elevated gas price signs were introduced during the Depression to cater to cash-strapped drivers.

    1930s: Elevated gas price signs were introduced during the Depression to cater to cash-strapped drivers.

  • 1960s: Not many convenience stores sold gas in the 1960s, and operations were very basic.

    1960s: Not many convenience stores sold gas in the 1960s, and operations were very basic.

  • 1960s: The first remote self-service gas pumps in 1964 allowed customers to pump their own gas.

    1960s: The first remote self-service gas pumps in 1964 allowed customers to pump their own gas.

  • 1960s: Mobil’s “Pegasus” canopy was designed to mimic Mobil’s round logo, enhancing the branding.

    1960s: Mobil’s “Pegasus” canopy was designed to mimic Mobil’s round logo, enhancing the branding.

  • 1970s: Canopies above the fueling island to protect customers from the elements become more popular.

    1970s: Canopies above the fueling island to protect customers from the elements become more popular.

  • Today: Fuel retailers only make 3-5 cents per gallon, making it essential to find new profit centers.

    Today: Fuel retailers only make 3-5 cents per gallon, making it essential to find new profit centers.

  • 1910s: The nation’s first drive-up service station opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1913.

    1910s: The nation’s first drive-up service station opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1913.

  • 1940s: Gasoline rationing became commonplace during World War II, and reemerged during the oil price shocks in the 1970s.

    1940s: Gasoline rationing became commonplace during World War II, and reemerged during the oil price shocks in the 1970s.

  • Today: Today, modern convenience stores can fuel upwards of 30 vehicles at a time at some locations, 24 hours a day.

    Today: Today, modern convenience stores can fuel upwards of 30 vehicles at a time at some locations, 24 hours a day.

  • 1970s: Suburban stations evolved to blend in, with many looking like the houses in the community.

    1970s: Suburban stations evolved to blend in, with many looking like the houses in the community.

  • 2000s: Convenience at the pump was expanded, even including sandwich ordering.

    2000s: Convenience at the pump was expanded, even including sandwich ordering.