Price including tax – 24 ½ cents per gallon

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Back in time when gas was cheap and road trips were what we all took, there were gas stations like this (that is if this was a station jury is still out on that) where you pulled up to have an attendant rush out to not only fill your tank but clean your windshield and more.  The stations would sometimes give out Green Stamps or toys and then there was that mythical creature called ‘gas wars’ where stations would compete with one another for your business by lowering their prices!!! Full service and cheap gasoline; those were the days.

By the way, does anyone know what that little crank on the side of the pump is for?

And this ends the mini series on the gasoline pumps find.  This little butterfly/moth (not sure which) is fluttering by to say tune in for the next series.  Starting tomorrow I will be showing  you what was going on and why I was over my knees in weeds on Mother’s Day.  There will be tales of vultures, weeds, rust, barns, more barns, a few more barns and a possible haunted house.  Hey! I know what I think I saw in that window!  Stay tuned 🙂


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  1. #1 by Brett on May 12, 2016 - 4:04 am

    Lovely old gas pump! I believe the crank on the side was to roll the number back to zero at a time before the pumps automatically rest themselves as they do now. 🙂

    • #2 by Sue on May 12, 2016 - 6:02 am

      I think you are correct!

      • #3 by imagesbytdashfield on May 12, 2016 - 9:14 am

        Thanks for the information. I always thought they moved by themselves.

      • #4 by Sue on May 12, 2016 - 10:16 am

        Not in the old days!

  2. #5 by Sue on May 12, 2016 - 6:03 am

    Looking forward to more rust, barns and a haunted house 😳

  3. #8 by Mark Myers on May 12, 2016 - 6:16 am

    Wow – 24.5, oh the places we could all go!

    • #9 by imagesbytdashfield on May 12, 2016 - 9:15 am

      I recall being in the back seat of my parents Ford while they drove from Missouri on Route 66 all the way to California.

  4. #10 by Victor Rakmil on May 12, 2016 - 6:25 am

    Great shot, definitely a butterfly.

  5. #14 by milfordstreet on May 12, 2016 - 6:36 am

    Cool shots. Yesterday, we were at a museum and garden that had an auto gallery. On the plaque for each car, they would list the gas price when it was built. We saw 0.07 and 0.10 per gallon prices. Now THAT is before my time. Cheers!

  6. #18 by mickey2travel on May 12, 2016 - 7:53 am

    God! I remember that price!

    • #19 by imagesbytdashfield on May 12, 2016 - 9:16 am

      Really? Noooooo!

      • #20 by mickey2travel on May 12, 2016 - 10:44 am

        Yepper! Good thing my Mustang only got 4 gallons to the mile! I could fill it up under $5. Great times!

      • #21 by imagesbytdashfield on May 12, 2016 - 3:54 pm

        My first boyfriend in high school (when I was allowed to date) drove a powder blue Mustang.

      • #22 by mickey2travel on May 12, 2016 - 4:24 pm


  7. #23 by Timothy Price on May 12, 2016 - 9:19 am

    Nice photos. In 1970, 25¢ gas would be $1.53 and in 1960 it would be $2.01 in today’s dollars. Not a whole lot different.

    • #24 by imagesbytdashfield on May 12, 2016 - 9:20 am

      But 25cents a gallon sounds so much better than what it is now regardless of adjustments.

  8. #25 by CarolynEliason on May 12, 2016 - 5:53 pm

    Gas wars in the 70’s had that price, in our dreams now. I was going to make a comment about the use of the crank but someone beat me to it. Great memories.

    • #26 by imagesbytdashfield on May 12, 2016 - 8:23 pm

      When I got my first car gas was 77cents a gallon and then shortly thereafter we had lines for rationing. UGH!

  9. #27 by Lignum Draco on May 12, 2016 - 5:59 pm

    Another world. Remember when gas stations sold motor oil and car related products instead of being mini supermarkets?

    • #28 by imagesbytdashfield on May 12, 2016 - 8:22 pm

      Oh yeah! The gas station then was for all things automobile and maybe the restroom.

  10. #29 by dhphotosite on May 13, 2016 - 9:22 am

    I remember those days. I also remember saying “if gas goes up to .50 cents a gallon I’m not driving any more.”

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