Artifacts: Fuel Pump

Old, Retired Gasoline Pump

Fuel pumps actually predate the invention of the automobile. The car, however, really brought them to every other corner of every town in the first part of the last century. Automobiles and the infrastructure of service stations, roads, and the many other supporting business grew hand in hand. The artifact shown here is from the early days. Fuel was pumped into a glass cylinder which allowed the quantity to be carefully measured and reassured the customer of the amount being purchased. Dispensing into the car was by gravity through a hose with a valve nozzle.

Old Gas Pump

Old Gas Pump

This particular pump sits in front of a fuel island that is much more modern, yet it too has seen its glory days a long time ago.

As the road network grew in the second half of the 1900s, the longer travel distances and higher car speeds required improved roads. Sadly those newer roads usually bypassed the little towns and the businesses located there found their previous customers speeding by a few miles away. This gas station was “retired” along with many such places. You can see from the price sign of 42.9 cents per gallon of Diesel fuel that it has been a long time since a customer stopped by.

Retired Gas Station

Retired Gas Station

Also see my post over at Cafe Ludwig The Unplanned Pano.


With this post I am continuing my series of “square views of artifacts”. Things around us that we rarely pay much attention to. I invite you to join in. Look around you, capture the big and little things, the historic items, the essentials, and the nonsensical bits and pieces that say “humans were here”. I am tagging this “artifacts”, maybe you wish to do likewise.

.:.

© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Advertisements
This entry was posted by Ludwig.

One thought on “Artifacts: Fuel Pump

  1. Pingback: The Unplanned Pano « Café Ludwig

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Stephen Hung Photography

The World through My Lens

Susan Rushton

Celebrating gardens, nature, photography and a creative life

Discover

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

The Shower of Blessings

Giving and Receiving Blessings

XingfuMama

Exploring my world with pictures and words.

Netdancer's Musings

Live Life Passionately

Estelea's Blog

French proud Mum and wife, restless explorer and doer freshly landed in Hanoi. One Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “kids friendly” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

NJClicks

"Photography is my meditation." - Czar Anthony Lopez.

that little voice

fun, interesting and provocative musings by a 70+ youngster

Ed Lehming Photography

From where I stand...

Clueless Birdie

On the voyage of discovery..

gwh photos

A branch birthed from Dim Lamp

Wanderlust and Wonderment

My writing and photo journey of inspiration and discovery

Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

The path to me: past, present, future and imaginary.

Still Thinking...

Enjoy my thoughts and leave yours

-Word- pictures by DLink

Christian Themed Photography

Michelle Lunato Photography

Finding the Art in Ordinary

%d bloggers like this: