Gone With the Windshield Wash: 9 Ways Gas Stations Pumped Up the Past

Gone With the Windshield Wash: 9 Ways Gas Stations Pumped Up the Past

Cruise back to a simpler time – the groovy 1960s – when gas stations were more than just a place to fill up your tank. Back then, they were social hubs, full-service oases for both your car and your sense of wanderlust. Fast forward to today’s self-serve pumps and convenience stores, and you might wonder – what ever happened to those gas station glory days?

Fill Up on Service (and Nostalgia): 9 Ways Gas Stations of the 1960s Were Different

  • Full-Service, Full Stop: Forget pumping your own gas! Friendly attendants in uniforms were there to greet you, wash your windshield, and even check your oil while filling your tank. Those were the days!
  • Dressed for Success: Gas station attendants weren’t just handy with a gas can – they were walking billboards for their oil company. Imagine crisp uniforms with name tags and logos – a far cry from today’s anonymous gas station garb.
  • Pennies a Gallon: Can you believe gas prices hovering in the teens for most of the 1960s? Fuel efficiency wasn’t a major concern back then, leaving drivers more concerned about cruising than calculating mileage.
  • Fill Up and Win!: Loyalty had its perks in the 60s. Gas stations offered all sorts of incentives for filling up, from free drinking glasses and ashtrays to contests and prizes. Who needs a loyalty card when you’ve got a free map, right?
  • Stamp Out Savings: Remember Top Value or S&H Green Stamps? These little adhesive rewards were collected with gas purchases, filling up booklets that could be redeemed for all sorts of goodies.
  • Free Air and Other Delights: Believe it or not, filling your tires with air back in the day was a complimentary service. Those were the wild and carefree days of gas stations!
  • The Ding-a-Ling of Service: The iconic gas station bell! Pulling up to the pump would trigger a friendly “ding-ding,” alerting an attendant to your arrival. A bygone era of personalized service.
  • Brand Loyalty Bonanza: While familiar names like Shell and Chevron still stand, the 60s saw a wider range of gas station brands. Senior drivers might recall Atlantic, Richfield, Sinclair, and more – a time when brand loyalty ran deep.
  • Cash Only at the Pump: Forget swiping your debit card. The 60s were a cash-only affair at the gas station. Attendants often sported impressive wads of cash and coin changers on their belts to keep transactions smooth.

The world of gas stations has certainly shifted gears since the 1960s. While some things may have changed, one thing remains constant: the importance of having the right car insurance. Our independent agents can help ensure you’re covered on the road. Contact us today for a free quote and let us help you save money on your car insurance!


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