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 pumps – In 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.
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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