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Gas Stations: An Illustrated History

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This book takes the reader on a photographic journey through time, telling the story of the roadside beacons of the automobile age: the gas stations. Starting from the very early years of motoring at the dawn of the 20th century, when cars would fill up at a primitive manual gas pump, to the iconic and sometimes bizarre structures of the heyday of the gas station concept in the 1930s through the 1950s. A concluding section looks at the afterlife of the disused gas station and investigates its adaptive reuse and position as built heritage within the historic urban landscape. 

Carefully selected and unique historical photographs from archives across the world give insight into the architectural and spatial elements of gasoline distribution, but equally looks into the social aspect of the gas station, as a roadside oasis where people of all walks of life would meet, during a brief stop-over. 

  • Hardcover
  • 9" x 11"
  • 208 pages 

Gas Stations: An Illustrated History by Thomas Vanhaute