By the 1920s and 1930s, when automobiles dotted the American landscape, U.S. toy makers offered play things to reflect America's car culture. This filling station for automobiles mimics the thousands that peppered the roadside where cars not only filled up with gas but received other services like oil checks, windshield cleaning, engine repairs, tire replacement, and more. Such enterprises belonged to an eariler thime. Few gas stations offer such services today; in fact, the majority require customers to pump their own fuel.


  • Title: Play set:Shell Garage
  • Date Created: ca. 1960
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: land transportation, gas station, car culture
  • Type: Play Sets
  • Medium: wood, cardboard, tinplate, plastic
  • Object ID: 109.7385


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