The Gas Station in America
"The first architect-designed gas station - a Pittsburgh Gulf station in 1913 - was also the first to offer free road maps; the familiar Shell name and logo date from 1907, when a British mother-of-pearl importer expanded its line to include the newly discovered oil of the Dutch East Indies; the first enclosed gas stations were built only after the first enclosed cars made motoring a year-round activity - and operating a service station was no longer a "seasonal" job; the system of "octane" rating was introduced by Sun Oil as a marketing gimmick (74 for premium in 1931)." "As the number of "true" gas stations continues its steady decline - from 239,000 in 1969 to fewer than 100,000 today - the words and images of this book bear witness to an economic and cultural phenomenon that was perhaps more uniquely American than any other of this century."--Jacket.
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Page 250 - US 40 Today: Thirty Years of Landscape Change in America (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983). Other applications have had strong urban, cultural, and historical emphases and include Diane M. Rabson, "Forty Years of Change: Contrasting Images of Lower Downtown Denver," Colorado Heritage 4 (1983): 3 6-47; Kenneth E.