In this car culture of ours, what could be more American than the gas station, from the roadside pit stop in the middle of nowhere to the spit-and-polish, full service city shop?
This brightly illustrated history of service stations runs the gamut from East to West, North to South, spotlighting the culture and lore of the gas-pumping garage that has kept the United States moving for a century.
Whether it's the last-chance Texaco or the Sinclair dinosaur winking in the distance, the beckoning Shell, or the winged Mobil horse, it's here in all its small-town glory of compact architecture, inspired promotions, art deco pumps, and endless views of the American horizon.
Author Tim Russell, one of the world's foremost collectors and historians of Petroliana, rolls out the ribbon of highway that takes us to all of those way stations of Americas motoring past.
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Ding, ding! The sound echoes through the station bay as a vehicle slowly comes to a stop in front of the gas pump. A uniformed attendant jogs out with a smile, tips his hat, and goes to work. The days of full service gas stations are a thing of the past, but it will never be forgotten in the minds of many petroliana enthusiasts.
Snappy slogans, architecture and color schemes of the station itself, incentives and giveaways, stamps, and clever advertising from the first few decades of the twentieth century until today’s fully stocked convenience stores are covered in Fill ’er Up! The Great American Gas Station.
The highly detailed text also offers a glimpse of what was happening to the gas stations in Europe and serves wonderfully as a comparison with the gas stations in North America at the time. Vintage photography and advertisements provide a wonderful visual trip back in time to the days of being greeted by a smiling attendant every time you pulled into the gas station.From the Back Cover:
The smiling face of the gas station attendant in a spiffy uniform is a classic example of an image one evokes when reminiscing about the gas stations of old. Back before there were such things as pay-at-the-pump and groceries at the gas station, one didn’t need to get out of his or her car when filling up the gas tank. Fill ‘er Up! The Great American Gas Station covers the history of the filling station from its very first station built in Pittsburgh in 1913 to today, along with the comparison history of the gas station in Europe.
Catchy slogans, bright color schemes, iconic brand symbols, stamps, and giveaways are all included in this book. The transformation of the gas station from its rudimentary beginnings to the convenience stores of today is displayed alongside 400 images that include vintage film, contemporary color, and many brochures and petroliana paraphernalia.
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Descrizione libro Voyageur Press, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0760328714
Descrizione libro Voyageur Press, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110760328714
Descrizione libro Voyageur Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0760328714 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0397017
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97807603287121.0