Citrin-Kolb Oil Service Station, 1936

Summary

Canopy roofs were common on gas stations by 1920, but fell out of favor in the mid-1930s. They added to the construction cost of a new station and, unless they were sufficiently high, prevented tall trucks from reaching the pumps. The transition to self-service pumps in the 1970s, and the need to attract customers even in bad weather, made canopies popular again.

Canopy roofs were common on gas stations by 1920, but fell out of favor in the mid-1930s. They added to the construction cost of a new station and, unless they were sufficiently high, prevented tall trucks from reaching the pumps. The transition to self-service pumps in the 1970s, and the need to attract customers even in bad weather, made canopies popular again.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

12 October 1936

Subject Date

12 October 1936

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.833.P.66964

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.125 in

Width: 11 in

Connect 3

Discover curious connections between artifacts.

Learn More