Category Archives: Gasoline stations
This photo appears to show opening day in 1939 at Earl M. Carr’s Pepper Gasoline station. It was located at North Broadway and Belt Line Avenue, Northeast of the center of Lexington, Kentucky. At the time, judging by the scene in the background, the gas station was located with the areas famous horse farms.
The gas station in itself is interesting in that the building is actually an old streetcar that was gutted, equipped with restrooms, an office and named Two Carrs. Pepper Gasoline was produced by the Ashland Oil and Refining Company that was founded in 1924 in Ashland, Kentucky. Ashland Inc. is in business to this day and produces Valvoline Motor Oil and other products. The Lafayette Studios photograph is courtesy of the University of Kentucky.
In a scene repeated in small towns all across North America in the twenties is this view of Thompson’s Variety Store in Northbrook, Ontario, Canada, taken in 1928. The town is located roughly half way between Ottawa and Toronto, in a sparsely populated area. The store like most in small towns, was where the citizens regularly met each other in addition to being the place to purchase groceries and gasoline.
This store was built during 1915 after the first one burnt down and it continued on until being torn down to built the area’s first supermarket in 1983. Can our readers tell us more about the exact year and model of the sporty Packard Roadster, and more about the visible pump used to dispense Imperial Gasoline? See more period photos of small town life around the store at the CDHS.