“The Old Filler Ups” Service At America’s Gas Pumps (before the 1970s)


Gas prices during the 1970s

Depending on the quality of gas, during the 1970s, the average retail price of gas in the U.S. was $0.36. This is equivalent to $2.45 in 2020 dollars. There was a severe gas rationing during the mid 1970s, that impacted big hike in the price of gas.

There are many stories about America’s old gas stations. Conversely, they all have historical significance about our economy, workforce and our commutes.

Looking at these old gas pumps today, remind me of how service stations actually gave customers service by checking under the customer’s car hood, cleaning their car windshields and taking care of the customer’s tires.

Late 1940s – 1950 (Life Magazine)

I love the way these old vintage pumps stand. They look almost human. Their rounded signs look as human heads. And, there position is firm and honorable which is symbolic of the service gas stations once gave. JonAk Rush Hour/AmericaOnCoffee (AOC)

1950s gas pumpsIn the year 1950, the average retail price of gas in the U.S. was $0.27. This is equivalent to $2.94 in 2020 dollars. http://www.dollartimes.com/

Mid to late 1950s and 1960s has pumps

THE 1960s GAS PRICES AND SERVICE ARE INCOMPARABLE TO THOSE OF TODAY. In the year 1960, the average retail price of gas in the U.S. was $0.31. This is equivalent to $2.71 in 2020 dollars. dollartimes.com

Prices were anywhere from .35 to .55 per gallon.

A group of 1950s gas station attendants

1970s gas pump

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4 thoughts on ““The Old Filler Ups” Service At America’s Gas Pumps (before the 1970s)

  1. I remember those days, being a farm boy had it’s perks, no odd/even for farm vehicles, but you did need a verifiable reason for needing the fuel. But I also remember when you pulled in to a service station and actually got service, check and top off your oil, brake fluid, radiator, and windshield washer fluid. clean your windows and lights. But even back then everyone complained about the price of gas, even when it was $0.13.9/ gallon.


    1. The air was cleaner and the world’s tension was less. Bigness and internationalism inherits a well-rounded repayment of loss, not gain. 😔

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  2. This is great I really started to drive in the 1970’s and I do remember a gas shortage when you had gas lines and pump out signs everywhere. Somehow we made it through

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    1. Yes, filling gas tanks during those tricking times were administered by license plates on odd or even days.

      Thereafter, license plate renewals picked up on the odd, even scheme of control.


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