Fill 'er Up!: The Great American Gas Station

Russell, Tim

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In this car culture of ours, what could be more American than the gas station, from the roadside pit stop in the middle of nowhere to the spit-and-polish, full service city shop?

This brightly illustrated history of service stations runs the gamut from East to West, North to South, spotlighting the culture and lore of the gas-pumping garage that has kept the United States moving for a century.

Whether it's the last-chance Texaco or the Sinclair dinosaur winking in the distance, the beckoning Shell, or the winged Mobil horse, it's here in all its small-town glory of compact architecture, inspired promotions, art deco pumps, and endless views of the American horizon.

Author Tim Russell, one of the world's foremost collectors and historians of Petroliana, rolls out the ribbon of highway that takes us to all of those way stations of Americas motoring past.

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Ding, ding! The sound echoes through the station bay as a vehicle slowly comes to a stop in front of the gas pump. A uniformed attendant jogs out with a smile, tips his hat, and goes to work. The days of full service gas stations are a thing of the past, but it will never be forgotten in the minds of many petroliana enthusiasts.

Snappy slogans, architecture and color schemes of the station itself, incentives and giveaways, stamps, and clever advertising from the first few decades of the twentieth century until today’s fully stocked convenience stores are covered in Fill ’er Up! The Great American Gas Station.

The highly detailed text also offers a glimpse of what was happening to the gas stations in Europe and serves wonderfully as a comparison with the gas stations in North America at the time. Vintage photography and advertisements provide a wonderful visual trip back in time to the days of being greeted by a smiling attendant every time you pulled into the gas station.

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Title: Fill 'er Up!: The Great American Gas Station
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