My how things have changed in the last 110 years. This circa 1908 to ’12 image taken at a gasoline station located at two West 6th St. in Brooklyn, NY, demonstrates just how primitive early filling stations where. The automobile being re-fueled is a 1911 or earlier White steam car.
This business apparently operated out of a small shack on the side of the street and supplied motorists with gasoline and possibly kerosene. Instead of using a rubber hose, fuel was dispensed out of a series of iron pipes connected with some type of an adjustable joint that must have leaked (note the funnel and jug on the side of the building.) We do not know exactly what was used to power light above the car, although it certainly looks like it could have been a fire hazard.
Share with us what you find of interest in the photo by Charles Phelps Cushing courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library.