If you have to work under a car, what better way to do it than on an outside lift in the shade of a large canopy on a sunny summer day in Pasadena? That seemed to be the order of the day at this Richfield gas station located at 855 East California Boulevard on July 7, 1941. And what could be more convenient than to slip on over to Jerry’s G & L for a bite to eat and a cold one while all that hot motor oil is draining out of the crankcase of that Buick?
Although Pearl Harbor was still five months away, the war in Europe had been raging far almost two years by the time this photo was taken. It’s rumblings made themselves known in this otherwise tranquil scene by way of the sign prominently placed at the corner. Gas and tire rationing were yet to come as was the end of all civilian car production, giving these images the distinct feeling of the calm before the storm from our perspective today. You’ll find more than forty additional pages of service station posts on The Old Motor. Photo by Harold A. Parker courtesy of the Huntington Library.