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Mon Aug 13, 2018, 07:50 PM

Sometimes, Gas Stations Are Beautiful











https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/most-beautiful-gas-station-design

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Reply Sometimes, Gas Stations Are Beautiful (Original post)
lapucelle Aug 2018 OP
htuttle Aug 2018 #1
lapucelle Aug 2018 #5
brer cat Aug 2018 #2
lapucelle Aug 2018 #3
brer cat Aug 2018 #4
Older Than I Look Aug 2018 #6
lapucelle Aug 2018 #8
Aristus Aug 2018 #7
lapucelle Aug 2018 #9
Kaleva Aug 2018 #10
Historic NY Aug 2018 #11

Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Mon Aug 13, 2018, 07:56 PM

1. I worked in gas stations all though college -- the old-time, full service kind

Like Goober worked at. "Check your oil, maam?" (which always seemed a bit like an innuendo to me...).

There's not a lot to distinguish one gas station from another. The price difference is usually pennies apart, most gas is the same (even more so than most gas station chains would have you believe -- it literally comes from the same tanks at the same terminals, then is mixed with additives in some cases).

So an eye catching gas station makes a difference. Which is why you see more effort going into gas station architecture than restaurants or retail store architecture.

At least that's htuttle's theory on why gas stations look so weird sometimes.

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Response to htuttle (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 13, 2018, 09:12 PM

5. On my first family road trip when I was a little girl,

my mom told my dad to look for a gas station with a "rest room". I had never heard that term, so I pictured fainting couches and lace curtains. (Would have been a perfect place for...um..."checking the oil".)

Boy, was I disappointed.

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Mon Aug 13, 2018, 09:06 PM

2. very cool!

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Response to brer cat (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 13, 2018, 09:07 PM

3. It seems like so many things used to be cooler.

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 13, 2018, 09:09 PM

4. Including our pResident? lol

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Response to Older Than I Look (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 13, 2018, 09:53 PM

8. WOW!

How did they miss that one in the article?

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Response to lapucelle (Original post)

Mon Aug 13, 2018, 09:36 PM

7. Love the B-17!

Here's my favorite image of a gas station, courtesy of Edward Hopper:

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Response to Aristus (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 13, 2018, 09:57 PM

9. That's beautiful

It's the first time I've seen this. (When I searched, I got to type "gas hopper" )

https://www.moma.org/collection/works/80000

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Response to Aristus (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 13, 2018, 10:00 PM

10. I got to fly in a B-17 some years ago.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #10)

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 12:59 AM

11. Lacey Lady is ungoing restoration to flying condition

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