Tin Man #05528

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The Story

An old and faded Atlantic gas pump is showing it’s age in rust and cracks in this portrait. However, having 29.9 cents a gallon for a gas price can accurately carbon date this relic of petroliana from 1970 when it last worked. It spent it’s work life at a small country gas station sitting out in the rural Pennsylvania jingweeds, and remained undisturbed in this condition to about 2015 when it was removed. This is a picture of retirement celebrated by 45 years of watching the world go by on a narrow two lane road out in the Pennsylvania back country.

Noteworthy for a closed down gas station, the weathered hose and nozzle laid in the overgrown weeds at the foot of the pump. Surprisingly, the glass Atlantic sign was still in place after being cracked into a spider web by a thrown stone. The blackened light bulb was still in the overhead light fixture which was homemade from plumbing pipe. As a result, that fixture resembled a hat to me and so the title Tin Man came about.

A gas pump of this vintage never has a dollar column in the price readout…they never thought they’d need it! That remained true for decades. But of course as we all know, later we did need a price higher than 99 cents.

Image and text ©Andrew N Dierks

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