gas station mystery

Posted by: Savinsam

gas station mystery - Mon Dec 25 2017 10:28 AM

This photo is a Pennzoil station located in Akron, Ohio, 1930's. What is the station owner/attendant (George Knofler) holding in his hand? Optional quiz - what kind of pumps and car?
Posted by: 57-Chevy

Re: gas station mystery - Mon Dec 25 2017 11:03 AM

Erie 762-LP pump
Posted by: Jolly-John

Re: gas station mystery - Mon Dec 25 2017 03:27 PM

Hi, Sam. Sorry, I can't help I.D. the gizmo Mr. Knofler is holding. But, just look at the slick tread on the car's sidemounted spare tire. Yes, times were very tough for many folks in the 1930's. John
Posted by: autoxnut

Re: gas station mystery - Mon Dec 25 2017 07:01 PM

Looks like a Christmas light timer.
Posted by: wayno48

Re: gas station mystery - Mon Dec 25 2017 07:17 PM

Maybe a mileage calculator ?
Posted by: keithia

Re: gas station mystery - Mon Dec 25 2017 07:48 PM

Camera??
Posted by: Coops 427

Re: gas station mystery - Mon Dec 25 2017 10:07 PM

Cell phone, serial #00001.
Posted by: Nicole

Re: gas station mystery - Mon Dec 25 2017 11:55 PM

What Jack said about the tires - I had a friend who remembers driving with his family to the 1936 Ohio Worlds Exposition, and they had to change tires regularly there and back because of the flats. He said it was very common to get flats back then. Apparently neither the roads nor the tires were up to the technology of the automobile.
Posted by: Savinsam

Re: gas station mystery - Tue Dec 26 2017 07:18 AM

Yes Nicole, my dad told me stories about totally worn out tires that they dealt with during the depression. They would put liners (boots) in the tires to protect the tubes. But the tubes would still get pinched from the uneven liners and go flat. Thus drivers back then carried tube repair kits and "fixed" their own flats along the road. Dad told me that on one occasion he stopped 7 times in 11 miles while hauling a small load on bad country road!