In the fifties and sixties, oil companies spent millions of dollars on advertising and tearing down old and obsolete filling stations and replacing them with new and up to date designs, all in the interest of retaining their market share. The lead photograph of a 1957 or 1958 Dodge sedan, taken for a Texaco advertisement is quite creative and shows all of the various services that a Texaco station attendant was expected to perform when you came in for a fill-up. Tell us more about the Dodge in this image courtesy of Texaco via Fill ‘Er Up.
The second image was taken of a Richfield Oil Corporation service station in the mid-to-late thirties in Phoenix, Arizona. The photo does not show the gas station all that well, but clearly, demonstrates the changes in automobile design in the period of only about ten years. Compare the differences between the 1920s Model “T” Ford “Center Door” sedan, the four-door sedan built by an unknown maker at the curb, and the 1935 Ford roadster passing by on the street to see just how far auto designs had progressed in the period. The photo is via Wikipedia where you can learn all about Richfield.