Colaw’s Standard Service Station was located on Route 66 in Carthage, Missouri. This mid-1950s promotional photo, taken by Carl Taylor shows that it was a very busy gasoline station at the time.
The operation offered: 24-hour service, two Ford service trucks, “Budget Terms,” sold Atlas tires, and had four men manning two gas pump islands when the image was taken. To the far left of the station was a Hudson dealer that either went under or would be by 1957. To the far right was Gales Package Store offering “Cold Beer” and a “Chicken Basket.” More detail can be seen in the two enlargeable images below.
The building may have survived with some modernization and in recent times has been a United Muffler shop. You can view over 150 more vintage gasoline stations here. The image is via Vintage Service Stations.