Today we feature a pair of gasoline station images taken by well-known photographers who worked for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression. Later, the Office of War Information retained some of the same documentarians to capture interesting scenes in the US.
Russell Lee took the lead image one evening in April of 1942 of Mark C. Bloome’s service station and tire store in Hollywood, CA. The business sold fuel blended by both Macmillan and Conoco, Goodrich tires, and Kendall and Quaker State motor oils. Note the deluxe fuel pump with a merchandising cabinet on the gas pump island at the far-right of the photo.
Earlier in February of 1936, Arthur Rothstein snapped 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 that 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.