Many thanks to Derrick Pang for posting this on Facebook.
"Automobile fueling at one of the first gas stations in St. Louis, operated by the Pierce Oil Company at 4614 Washington Boulevard, 1916.
Credit: Missouri Historical Society."
Love the light bulb signs ! Few people saved these.
The second car looks like a Ford.
Heckuva long way to run the fuel hoses. I'm sure it's just a wrinkle or scratch in the picture, but where the hose curls looks like it's spraying liquid out. Even the guy in the hat is looking that way. Hope no cigs are around! Or maybe it's a water hose..who knows. I like those signs too.
I think that's a water hose. Looks like the guy behind the pole is rinsing something off.
If I was in that picture, I believe I'd head over to the hospitality room at Lemp Brewery and have a mug or two of Pre-prohibition Falstaff. To see if there was any hint of the same flavor profile of what we brewed at the Ft. Wayne brewery, where I worked when I was a 'kid'.
Thanks for posting this! I collect Pierce Petroleum items and it is very difficult to find photos of the gas stations. Pierce's headquarters was in St. Louis. They sold out to Sinclair about 1929. The big sign has the "Pennant" on it for Pierce Pennant Gasoline. I would like to know what type of gas pumps they are using but I can't tell from the photo.
Great picture. Tim
Sorry about that. Tim