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#701183 - Mon Dec 25 2017 10:28 AM gas station mystery
Savinsam Offline
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Registered: Wed Dec 20 2006
Loc: northwestern Pa.
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?


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Edited by Savinsam (Mon Dec 25 2017 10:30 AM)

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#701187 - Mon Dec 25 2017 11:03 AM Re: gas station mystery [Re: Savinsam]
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Erie 762-LP pump
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#701206 - Mon Dec 25 2017 03:27 PM Re: gas station mystery [Re: Savinsam]
Jolly-John Offline
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Registered: Tue Jul 10 2007
Loc: Plover, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
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

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#701228 - Mon Dec 25 2017 07:01 PM Re: gas station mystery [Re: Savinsam]
autoxnut Offline
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Registered: Tue Jan 01 2013
Loc: Broken Arrow, OK
Looks like a Christmas light timer.
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#701231 - Mon Dec 25 2017 07:17 PM Re: gas station mystery [Re: Savinsam]
wayno48 Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 28 2017
Loc: California
Maybe a mileage calculator ?


Edited by wayno48 (Mon Dec 25 2017 07:21 PM)
Edit Reason: spelling

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#701234 - Mon Dec 25 2017 07:48 PM Re: gas station mystery [Re: Savinsam]
keithia Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 14 2001
Loc: USA
Camera??
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#701243 - Mon Dec 25 2017 10:07 PM Re: gas station mystery [Re: Savinsam]
Coops 427 Offline
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Cell phone, serial #00001.
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#701245 - Mon Dec 25 2017 11:55 PM Re: gas station mystery [Re: Savinsam]
Nicole Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 09 2010
Loc: Maryland
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.

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#701249 - Tue Dec 26 2017 07:18 AM Re: gas station mystery [Re: Savinsam]
Savinsam Offline
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Registered: Wed Dec 20 2006
Loc: northwestern Pa.
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!

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