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Do some of you remember when gas stations were full-service … and self-service was rare if non-existent? You drove up to the pump, and a service station attendant would pump gas for you, wash your windows and check your oil. He would take your money or credit card, go to his cash register and return with your receipt. No need to ever get out of your car. Wow, did service like that really exist or was it all a dream?!
Yup, it was real … and as recent as the 1990’s, you could still choose full-service or self-service. I think for as much as we pay for gas today ($3.00-$3.15/gallon in my area), they should not only check the oil and wash the windows, they should wash the whole car!! We now pay more and get less.
Anyway, I got this really neat Shell Oil Service Attendant Cap for free when I volunteered to help a disabled, widowed & elderly gentleman clean out his garage. Actually, there was a group of volunteers who not only cleaned out his garage, but also painted his house and weeded/trimmed his yards. His garage was jam-packed with stuff, and he wanted to get rid of everything.
Unfortunately, 99% of it was damaged & worthless, and ended up in the trash dumpster. We did manage to salvage a few items, and he said we could have whatever we wanted. One of the items I salvaged was this neat cap. Surprisingly, it was in very good condition; I don’t think it was ever used. What a great piece of nostalgia and memento of days when customer service was so important.
History of Gasoline: When cars were first invented, gas stations weren’t around yet. People actually bought their gasoline at the general store. They filled their own buckets with gasoline and used a funnel to pour it into the car’s gas tank.
As more and more companies got into the business of making gasoline, stations began to appear. Some of them were just a single gas pump right alongside the curb with an attendant ready to help when you drove up.
In the 1920s stations got fancier with new pumps. It took a long 8 minutes to fill the small 5-gallon car tanks that were common in those days. While the tank was filling up, the gas station attendant wiped the windshield, checked the oil and water for you, and if necessary, cranked the engine to get it started again.
By the 1950s pumps were more efficient and could fill the larger 14-gallon gas tanks quickly. Gas attendants could work part time and it was a great job for high school boys.
When a gas shortage caused prices to go up in the 1970s, customers wanted the best price they could find. To keep prices down, gas stations changed over to self-serve and gas attendants eventually became a thing of the past. (For more information: go to Chevroncars.com)