Moving on over

I've combined my blogs, just look at the last post, over at Alchemy of Clay. Trying to have a life outside blogland. Not sure it's going to work....

Friday, April 26, 2013

Old Filling Stations

This old building isn't being used for anything these days.

Do you remember the days when you would get gas, and use the key to get through the little blue door to use a restroom?  And someone else might be pumping the gas, cleaning the windshield, and checking the tires?

I'm just guessing that this building was part of that history that many of us share before the gas crisis started raising prices and moving to self-service in the 1970s.

I add this to Sepia Saturday meme this week, only because of the old bricks, which are somewhat like the pavement on this week's theme.



  1. I wonder how much longer that building will survive.

    1. Probably not long, Bob. There's a new Town Center park going in across the street in the next year or two.

  2. Wow, what a great old building. Brought me back to the long car trips we would take when I was a child.

  3. Well you don't know how lucky you once were....nobody ever offered to clean your windscreen or check your tyres in England in the days before self service. But at least we got to keep our small change! (Yes.....before you say are's usually raining here so no need to clean the windscreen)

  4. I would never have thought of using the bricks as the prompt. In fact, I didn't consciously notice them until I read this.

  5. A very clever and innovative way to tie to this weeks theme. The building looks like it may have been a church in days gone by?

  6. That building has probably had several incarnations, but it wouldn't offer much competition these days.

  7. It would be nice to have someone offer to fill my car and wash the windshields again...

  8. Historic preservation usually focuses on fancy residential neighborhoods or grand public buildings, but these eccentric commercial structures should at least be documented in photographs. Some of the early oil companies had stations built to their architectural style. Remember Sinclair Oil, Gulf?


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