Standard Crown Visible Delivery Gasoline Pump, circa 1920

Summary

Before visible gasoline pumps, drivers relied on the accuracy of the pump and the honesty of station owners. Visible pumps, like this ca. 1920 example, used a graduated glass cylinder to show customers the quality and quantity of gas being purchase. Glass globes, like the Standard Oil red crown, usually topped the pumps and advertised a company's brand and name.

Before visible gasoline pumps, drivers relied on the accuracy of the pump and the honesty of station owners. Visible pumps, like this ca. 1920 example, used a graduated glass cylinder to show customers the quality and quantity of gas being purchase. Glass globes, like the Standard Oil red crown, usually topped the pumps and advertised a company's brand and name.

Artifact

Gasoline pump

Date Made

circa 1920

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

66.42.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Merrit Miley.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Glass (Material)
Brass (Alloy)

Color

Red
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 124 in

Width: 25 in

Diameter: 22 in

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