When I was growing up in Pleasant View, Colorado, my family owned a little grocery store. We actually lived in the building. The kitchen and the bathroom were in the back of the store, and the bedrooms and living room were all in the basement.
Like most mom-and-pop grocery stores, ours also had gasoline pumps. At the time of this picture, in 1962, the price was 29 cents per gallon. I was 9 years old at the time. Seven years later, when I obtained my driver's license in Covina, California, every street corner in Southern California had a gas station, and every one of them had a huge sign with the words "GAS WAR" on it. When I first got my license, you could find gasoline for 26 cents per gallon, because of the competition.
This last picture is my dad's cousin at a Marathon gas station, sometime in the 1930s. My guess is that gasoline was about 15 cents per gallon at that time.
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