Manual Crank Gasoline Pump, circa 1915

Summary

Gas pumps provide drivers with an easy way to put gasoline in their cars. This gas pump made by Gilbert and Barker Manufacturing Company dates from about 1915. Gilbert and Barker introduced the first measuring gas pump in 1911. Customers however could not see the gasoline. They had to rely on the pump's accuracy and the gas station owner's trustworthiness.

Gas pumps provide drivers with an easy way to put gasoline in their cars. This gas pump made by Gilbert and Barker Manufacturing Company dates from about 1915. Gilbert and Barker introduced the first measuring gas pump in 1911. Customers however could not see the gasoline. They had to rely on the pump's accuracy and the gas station owner's trustworthiness.

Artifact

Gasoline pump

Date Made

circa 1915

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

76.31.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ethyl Corporation.

Material

Steel
Rubber (Material)
Brass (Alloy)

Color

Red
Black (Color)
Green

Dimensions

Height: 58 in

Width: 10 in

Inscriptions

On brass label (3.625 inches by 2.125) affixed to the crank handle gearbox: GIBLER & BARKER/SELF MEASURING PUMP/T6 NO 4131/MANUFACTURED BY GILBERT & BARKER MFG. CO./SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

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