Family Photos When Gas Was 29 Cents and even 15 Cents Per Gallon

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties BRE# 01788371

Willis Grocery

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.Gas Pumps at Willis GroceryGas Price in 1962

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.

Marathon Oil

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Jenna Dixon
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This is a charming retrospective.  Makes me want to go dig my photos out of the garage and take a stroll.  And, you made me miss my Grandmother...

Jul 17, 2010 10:30 PM #1
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Bob Willis
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - Whittier, CA
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Jenna ~ I am glad to share the memories.  My uncle, in the photos, was my grandmother's brother.

Jul 17, 2010 10:35 PM #2
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Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz
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WOW Bob some great picks and could you imagine how much money we would save with these Gas Prices!

Vegas Bob

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Bob Willis
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Vegas Bob ~ Thank you.  Yeah, we could all drive Hummers, and still afford it; but we'd run out of oil much sooner than the course we are on.

Jul 17, 2010 10:47 PM #4
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