I was only 5 or 6 but for some reason I remember 35.9 cents/gallon.
That would be around 1966/1967. Many years later the garage only did
automatic transmissions and stopped selling gas. About 10 years ago I
took a car there for a tranny rebuild. Talked to the owner and asked if
he was the same guy as back in the 60's that used to give me a lollipop
every time my mom got gas. Yep, that was me he said. So when he gave
me the bill for the tranny (same exact quoted price), I asked him for a
lollipop but he didn't have any.
I remember hearing about Esso, but had little to do with it. In this
part of the country, we had Enco.
When we were going on trips (1960s and 1970s), my mother often was
saying "look for an Enco on the right". There were so many stations
there was always one on the right, and Enco was the only credit card
we had then (for keeping records of travel expenses).
Once, many years ago, before Google and Wiki, I was curious about the
family tree of all the bastard stepchildren of John D.'s original
Standard Oil, which was one of the reasons we (used to) have anti-trust
laws in this country. Pretty fascinating, really, and gives a good view
into early-20th-century views about power and government.
Now that 'enough' of all information is online, you can read in a hour
what took me an afternoon at the library to find.
On Thu, 28 Jan 2010 13:16:12 -0500, "Percival P. Cassidy"
$0.28 cents per gallon gasoline, Cleveland OH, early 1960s. Back
then they pumped your gas, polished your windshield, and checked your
oil. And BIG candybars or ice-cream bars for nickel. One cup of
milk, 2 cents at the school cafeteria, 3 cents for chocolate milk. The
bus was 15 cents.
And your radiator and battery levels and if you asked, your auto
transmission fluid. They had special platic pitchers for adding
battery fluid, which I guess was often only water. I would think some
places it was distilled water, but I guess those were a lot fewer
places than I thought at the time. I mean I've never managed to put
non-distilled water in a battery, but I suspect after you've done it
once, it gets easier.
Since I'm posting, I remember when it was 20 cents normally and I
recall thinking it was a little lower than that sometimes. I'm born
We married in 1966. Bought a 19" B & W portable TV for $169 but color
was priced out of my range. I was making about $110 a week at the
time and the mortgage was $84. Gas bill averaged $14 a month,
electric about half of that.
On Sun, 31 Jan 2010 04:56:21 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
I saw a 7" digital tv advertised on sign out front of a CVS pharmacy
for 77 dollars if I read it correctly. I don't think it had
electronic tuning though. You had to crank a level with one hand
while you shoved pieces of wood into the tuner with the other.
11. You buy an item for $1.27. You hand the clerk two dollars. Without a
using a calculator, how much change should you get back?
We've seen kids at a cash register practically in tears trying to make
change when the power went out.
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