Car owners who take their vehicle to a garage for repairs or service tend to get anxious beforehand and during the process. Bemis and Moe the owners of this “Super Station” located in San Jose, California, at the corner of South Second and San Carlos Streets no doubt learned this and used artwork to calm customers down and attract new business in the late-1920s.
Above each of the twelve bays at the facility landscape paintings or prints were used that appear to form a continuous scene over the various departments at the facility. On the far-left (below) is a “Prest-O-Light” (acetylene tank) service outlet and on the far-right (second photo below) a full-service Richfield gasoline station where fuel was dispensed from hand-operated glass cylinder pumps.
A multi-story public parking garage and retail shops are located on the property today.
Share with us what you find of interest or can add to this post. The photograph is courtesy of the King Library Special Collections.
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