This picture was taken in 1940, and shows a service station attendant. I love the big smile this man has, and I am sure he gave one to every customer he ever served. I can remember growing up in the 1960's filling stations still had attendants come out and fill your car, wash your windshield, check your oil, and check your tire pressure. The attendant would usually have a piece of bubble gum for the kids.
Businesses have become so impersonal these days. I have to admit I miss the days when things moved at a little slower pace. People had a lot less, but there was much more of a sense of community among people and businesses in a neighborhood.