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America's Gas Stations

Old-School Gas StationsCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2017
A cross roads store, bar, "juke joint," and gas station in the cotton plantation area, Melrose, La.
The gas station is a dying art, one that helped shape the course of American travel over the course of the XXth century. Some old gas stations have ended up on the National Register of Historic Places, but most of those solely act as landmarks and aren’t operational. Many been repurposed as restaurants or museums or even still offer their original services so visitors have an opportunity to interact with former roadside staples.
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New Jersey, Atlantic City, gas station at Texas & Atlantic Ave.

New Jersey, Atlantic City, gas station at Texas & Atlantic Ave.

Photograph shows two automobiles parked near gas pumps at the Co. Service Oil & Gas Co., Inc. service station; a row of houses and other buildings surround the station. No. 2 photo, A. C. Commercial Photo Co. T... more

Gas Stations in England

Gas Stations in England

Bensinstation i England..tag:..Date: 1927.Photo Nr: 2076-F8C.sparvagsmuseet.sl.se ( http://sparvagsmuseet.sl.se )

Gas station. Kern County, California

Gas station. Kern County, California

Photo shows an Air pump, with a hand-lettered sign: "This is your country, don't let the big men take it from you."

A cross roads store, bar, "juke joint," and gas station in the cotton plantation area, Melrose, La.

A cross roads store, bar, "juke joint," and gas station in the cotton ...

Photograph shows Sign on left building: Frenchies Beer Garden; above porch: Frenchies Bar.

Country's Fuel Shortage Led to Problems for Motorists in Finding Gas as well as Paying Much More for It, and Resulted in Theft from Cars Left Unprotected, This Father and Son, Made a Sign Warning Thieves of the Possible Consequences

Country's Fuel Shortage Led to Problems for Motorists in Finding Gas a...

DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency's Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern

[Jimmy Carter makes a campaign stop at his brother Billy's gas station in their hometown of Plains, Georgia]

[Jimmy Carter makes a campaign stop at his brother Billy's gas station...

Title devised by Library staff. Contact sheet folder caption: Carter campaign trip ... at Billy's station .... TOH. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available for reference purposes.

[Jimmy Carter eats with his brother, Billy Carter, during a campaign stop at his Billy's gas station in their hometown of Plains, Georgia]

[Jimmy Carter eats with his brother, Billy Carter, during a campaign s...

Title devised by Library staff. Contact sheet folder caption: Carter campaign trip ... at Billy's station where they barbecued chicken, and he got some and went inside the station and sat down to eat with Billy... more

[Man directing line of cars at a gas station]

[Man directing line of cars at a gas station]

Title devised by Library staff. Contact sheet folder caption: "Gas lines crowded stations, closed station, TOH, 6/15/79." U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available for ref... more

Not sure we believe the "OPEN" sign on this old gas station. One of thousands of closed gas stations across the United States

Not sure we believe the "OPEN" sign on this old gas station. One of th...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Photograph taken in the 1980s. Title, date, subject not... more

Abandoned gas station in rural North Carolina

Abandoned gas station in rural North Carolina

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Magnolia Mobil Gas station, a gathering place during the Civil Right Movement across the street from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas

Magnolia Mobil Gas station, a gathering place during the Civil Right M...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Old, abandoned gas station in North Carolina

Old, abandoned gas station in North Carolina

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Marines refuel an M998 series multipurpose wheeled vehicle at a civilian gas station during Operation COLD WINTER'87, a NATO-sponsored military exercise

Marines refuel an M998 series multipurpose wheeled vehicle at a civili...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COLD WINTER Country: Norway (NOR) Scene Camera Operator: CPL J.D. Gonzales Release Status: Released to Public Combined Milita... more

The awning of a gas station is collapsed on automobiles under the weight of the four inches of volcanic ash that fell as a result of the June 10 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. More than 20,000 evacuees have been removed from the area as a part of the U.S. miltary's Operation Fiery Vigil

The awning of a gas station is collapsed on automobiles under the weig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: FIERY VIGIL Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines(PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Val Gempis, USAF Releas... more

Crowley's Ridge Parkway - Old Gas Station Along Crowley's Ridge Parkway

Crowley's Ridge Parkway - Old Gas Station Along Crowley's Ridge Parkwa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: Old buildings like this gas station give travelers a taste of the history of the delta region as they travel the Parkway. Location: Ark... more

Livernois Ave. at Joy Rd., Detroit, 1998, replaced by a Valero gas station

Livernois Ave. at Joy Rd., Detroit, 1998, replaced by a Valero gas sta...

Photograph shows a gas station with the signs "Oklahoma" and "Closed." Title, date and keywords based on information provided by photographer. Forms part of the Vergara Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

Historic Route 66 - Whiting Brother's Gas Station

Historic Route 66 - Whiting Brother's Gas Station

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Original Caption: Though abandoned years ago due to fire damage, historic buildings such as Whiting Brothers are fought for to be protected in their curre... more

Vintage Phillips 66 Gas Station and historic cars, Route 66, Chandler, Oklahoma

Vintage Phillips 66 Gas Station and historic cars, Route 66, Chandler,...

Title, date, and subjects provided by the photographer. Credit line: Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift and purchase; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2010... more

Old Coca-cola machine at a gas station in historic Stockton, Alabama

Old Coca-cola machine at a gas station in historic Stockton, Alabama

Title, date, subject note, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Phot... more

Vestiges of an old gas station along California Rt. 36 in Plumas County

Vestiges of an old gas station along California Rt. 36 in Plumas Count...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs... more