This small facility, apparently named for the fragrant blossom that grows throughout the South, clearly had large aspirations. Besides the long hours the operator put in, he also offered variety of goods and services that were provided in what have must have been a pretty sleepy little village back then. After he hauled them in from the road, the canny proprietor made food, drink and tobacco available to his customers while they waited for their tires to be repaired or replaced.
Our undated photo shows two different styles of pumps and the homemade wrecker of the type that was quite common in the era. Judging by the pumps and the tow car, our best guess is that this image was made in the early to mid-nineteen-twenties. We invite you to comment on the both the brand of the pumps and make, model and year of the tow car. You can find more posts about one of our favorite subjects on The Old Motor, gas stations from days gone by. The photo is courtesy of OldTimer.ru.