Category Archives: Gasoline stations
*Updated* Reader Marshall Schuon believes that this garage-new car agency was on the Jericho Turnpike and used to be at the corner of the Turnpike and Rt. 110 in Huntington, Long Island. Walt Gosden has confirmed the location and added that it was on the south west corner of the intersection.
This photo from the Henry Austin Clark Collection shows us a Franklin and DeSoto agency combined with a service station that was situated somewhere on Long Island. We hope a reader will be able to pinpoint the location of this New York state facility and the year the photo was taken. DeSoto was founded by Walter P. Chrysler on August 4, 1928, and introduced for the 1929 model year. The Franklin continued on until 1934.
In addition to handling automobiles, the station sold That Good Gulf Gasoline from nine pumps, Fisk tires, supplies and while there you could Have your Car Greased the Modern Way – High Pressure Lubrication Including the Springs for $1.25. Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford Museum. You can also view 100′s more service station and Garage Gasoline Station photos here on The Old Motor.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, as you will see in this Sunday’s feature video. There really are no drastic changes in the service business between the time this film was produced and today, but two do come to mind after watching it; in years past, more repair work of assemblies and individual parts was performed instead of just replacing them and electrical systems have become much more modern in recent times. We hope you enjoy the video as, in addition to it’s message, you can view a number of interesting cars and service scenes.
Times have certainly changed. This used to be the way to start a career in the garage business by manning the pumps and checking the motorist’s oil and tires. Flickr user vinnyvrg posted this photo of his father and is seeking information on the maker of the pumps. He has given us the following background information about it:
“This is my father standing beside a twin visible Shell gasoline pumps when he was 22. Photographed in Shakespeare, Ontario in 1937 it was his first job and business after graduating from North Bay Vocational School. These pumps have a series of light bulbs surrounding the top cover which is not a style I could find looking through other old pump references”. If anyone can help identify these early pumps, let’s help him out.