Gas pump

Gas pump
Featured here is an early version of the modern-day gas pump. This pump is red with a glass globe on top, which was commonly used to advertise the brand of gas or station where the pump was housed. Much like today, drivers would pull up at a service station for gas. What is different is that instead of the driver pumping gas as one does today, in the past his gas would be pumped for him. In addition to his gas being pumped, a driver would also have his windows cleaned and his oil checked. This pump worked very differently then pumps of today. By pumping the handle on the side fuel would fill the clear cylinder. Once the cylinder was full, gravity would feed the fuel to your gas tank. Date approximated. The accompanying video describes the item and shows a historic photograph of the item in use.
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Tobacco Farm Life Museum
Location of Original
Tobacco Farm Life Museum
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