Saturday, May 30, 2015

Gas Lines

Welcome to Gasoline Week here at OPOD. We will be looking back at pictures associated with that fuel that keeps the world moving. We start with this picture from 1979. How many people remember the gas lines of the 1970's? A gas shortage meant you had to search for a station with gas, and then wait in long lines to get some. I can remember also that the price of gas quickly went from around 30 cents a gallon to over a dollar. Dollar gas at the time was a huge burden, but we would look back on it now at the good old days.


  1. Fill it up with ethyl, check the oil, and wash the windows. And please don't spill any gas when you're filling it. That's what I was told when I worked at a gas station while in high school.

  2. That was the first thing I noticed about this picture--the attendant filling 'er up, and the other one checking under the hood. All that for your $1 a gallon! How much of it went to you, Rollie? Now you can't get an attendant inside the building to so much as give you directions! He's too busy checking the ID of teenagers buying cigarettes.

    1. When I was working at the filling station I think gas was only 25 cents for regular and a little more for ethyl.

  3. I lived in Houston 1973-1974, and getting gas was a bit of a sport. It would have been easier (or maybe more difficult!) had there been cells phones and all our other gadgetry. As it was, we plotted and planned and looked for those less-crowded stations -- usually around 10 in the morning.

  4. A manufactured "gas shortage" and "energy crisis", as I recall.


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