Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.
Today’s diversion was sent to me by my sister. It included more than twice as many pictures as I have in this post. The ten I’ve chosen should be enough to help you return to the days when cars and gas stations were a bit different than they are today. In fact, some of these pictures may seem to come from another planet, especially if you are much younger than I.
The pictures I’ve chosen may tickle your fancy with registered restrooms, free hot dogs and drinks, and prices that hadn’t yet reached a dollar a gallon. Of course, to be fair, the average salary was a great deal lower then than it is today.
When I think about the changes in gas stations since these pictures were taken, how much of a change will there be in the next fifty years? Certainly there will be more electric plugs than gasoline pumps. And maybe by that time designers will have created better batteries, so a car can go much farther without recharging.
Incidentally, the pictures that came with the original email didn’t have comments, but I couldn’t resist adding my two-cents worth. So if you see an incorrect statement, blame me.