Filling station


This plaque is on Baum Boulevard. It commemerates, as you can see, the first “Drive-In” gas station.

By 1913 the internal combustion engine was forty-seven years old, and the diesel engine fifteen. Henry Ford had been selling the Model T for five years. So, unless the world’s motorists all had backyard oil wells and refineries, they were buying gasoline and the other petroleum products mentioned on this sign somewhere.

If it was not at a “Drive-In” establishment, how were these people gassing up their cars?

This is a case, of which there are many, when I was struck by the fact that someone had to invent something that just seems like common sense. I don’t know how people got their gasoline before this, but every option I can imagine looks pretty absurd in my head.

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