This Gulf Oil Company service station located in Philadelphia was designed in the Streamline Moderne type of architecture that was popular from the mid-thirties until the fifties here in the US and around the world. The “Good Gulf Nonox” neon sign out in front most likely lit with the Company’s orange and blue colors must have been one of the most creative and attention-getting of its type designed in the period.
Surrounding the gasoline station and in the background is a series of parking lots filled with both pre and post-war automobiles. In the rear center of the photo which is dated 1947 is a sign on the side of a building for “Reliable Motors,” a Pontiac dealer. Tell us what you find of interest in this city scene courtesy of PhillyHistory.
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