Paul Bennett’s combined Goodyear and Texaco service station is comparable in size to the larger Los Angeles area shops we have covered in the past, which also incorporate the sales of tires, gas, lubrication, and repair services under one roof. The architecture matches some other Goodyear franchises of the period, and the impressive metal sign over the fuel pumps is outlined in neon.
The photo was taken during WWII when the shop was an “Official Inspection Station” for the “Maricopa County Tire Rationing Board.” A mix of 1930s automobiles and trucks are visible at the establishment.
The building located at 1st Ave. and Van Buren St. in downtown Phoenix, AZ, and has not survived. The intersection is now a mixed use of office buildings, a parking garage, and a tree-lined public space.
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