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Pump and Circumstance: Glory Days of the Gas Station Paperback – April 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Margolies presents an affectionate scrapbook history of the gas station as American roadside icon.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Margolies is the ideal tour guide through the ephemera of the American roadside. Bookshelves seem to be bursting with this far-from-scholarly but endearing genre of architectural publishing, and Margolies's pictorial look at the American gas station is a solid addition. Using postcards, his own contemporary photographs, and archival material from a number of petroleum companies, the author offers a bouncy look at a steadily changing highway icon. The spare text is full of tidbits of gasoline retailing lore and its evolution from the homey, early stations through slick industrial modern to the stripped-down self-service outlets of today. But it is the often surprising, occasionally nostalgic images of gas stations, retailing schemes, service station attire, and even road map designs that form this book. Recommended for academic and public libraries.
- David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., Ct.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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