Gasoline stations are the same way. Roadside wooden buildings with an extended roof in the front held up by two pillars? Probably a combo 1920s gas station and small store, especially if you’re in the South. A compact art deco stucco building with a steeply slanted roof situated on an urban corner – now a ratty used car lot? Likely a candidate for a once spiffy 1930’s “fillin station.” Maybe ESSO or Sinclair. I, for one, find it fun to spot and photograph these repurposed buildings.
I have a couple of kids’ picture books on the topic of gasoline stations, all vintage 50s readers, picked up at yard sales and used book stores. Aside from the architecture they display, the storylines make for interesting reading.
This boy doesn't know how to dress when visiting a greasy garage. He looks like he's headed to a prom. Must be a rich kid.
The Filling Station informs us: "The attendant is the man at the filling station. He puts gas and oil into the cars. He takes the money for the gas and oil. He keeps the money in a safe." Greedy capitalist! Where are the Occupiers when you need them?
Were there no child labor laws in the 1950s??