The other day I picked up a vintage 1925 catalog of pre cut homes you could buy back then as a package and put up yourself. Beyond explaining a whole bunch of look alike houses from that period I had observed in the Los Angeles area, it contained on the last page a pre cut one room school house and two pre cut service stations which are shown below.
The stations are classic mid 1920’s, as you would reasonably expect. Then I recalled the station on the Yellowstone Trail at Rosalia, Washington, and pulled up the photo. Shucks! Not a precut, but no question about the architectural similarity. So if you are dating roadside artifacts (buildings, not hitchhikers) you now have a reference to the design characteristics of service stations of the mid 1920’s. Big deal, right?!
BTY, didn’t the big oil companies have their own metal pre fab stations? Maybe they still do, but I recall something like that years ago.
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