Back when gas was cheap and signs were hand-painted, gas stations were an attractive place. Bright colors covered the brand stamped establishments. Even the gas pumps had character and style. The first gasoline service station to have a gas pump was a grocery store in Indiana in the 1880s; it dispensed kerosene. Less than two decades later the first drive in gas station opened in Pittsburgh, paving the path for the iconic image of the American gas station.
It seems gas stations have lost their charm and become undesirable locations. Nevertheless, vintage gas service station signs and gas pumps are still widely sought after due to their iconic, simple designs and resonance with Americana culture. It's something you hope to run into at your local thrift shop, but if you're looking to buy or sell any gas and oil memorabilia check out the Old Gas Pump Guys. Just remember, the fun is in the hunt.
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