Those were the days! This is a gelatin silver print photo mounted on heavy card-stock that shows the 'Mark Station' in the foreground and another gas station in the background along an unknown Oklahoma road. The two gas station attendants (probably father and son) stand next to a sign indicating the price of their gas - 17 cents a gallon. The numbered board on the electric pole reads 'Champlin Gasoline' at the top. Champlin was established in Enid, Oklahoma in 1916 and by the mid-1920s marketed their petroleum products within a six-state area, centered in Oklahoma.
The photo is in fine condition with excellent toning and clarity. Interesting details can be seen upon close examination. There is a Coca-Cola thermometer mounted on a window frame. On a shelf next to the window sits a large beehive shaped stoneware water dispenser and a glass. Presumably so customers could help themselves to a cool drink (drinking from the same glass as the last driver?) before getting back out on the road.
At the other gas station in the background (also selling gas at 17 cents a gallon) an attendant sits in a chair in the shade. The station's canopy sports an advertising sign on top that invites drivers to 'Drink Elwino' - a soft drink once bottled in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Photo is 5 by 8 inches and the card it is on measures 8 by 10 inches.
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