Today we have a pair of gasoline station images taken by well-known photographers that worked for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression and the Office of War information during World War II, photo documenting scenes around the country.
Russell Lee took the lead image one evening in April of 1942 of Mark C, Bloome’s gasoline station and tire store in Hollywood, CA. The business sold fuel by both Macmillan and Conoco, Goodrich tires, and Kendall and Quaker State motor oils. Note the deluxe pump with a merchandising cabinet on the gas pump island the far-right of the photo.
Earlier in February of 1936 Arthur Rothstein took the image below in the City of Fitchburg, MA, a manufacturing and industrial center at the time. The United Co-Operative filling station was a small operation which sold Gulf Gasoline, Firestone tires and had only one service bay.
You can also view over two-hundred other vintage service stations here in our earlier coverage.