Representing stations in all 50 states and from over 350 brands, this is the first book in color telling the story of gas station development from curb pumps all the way to convenience stores. Major oil company stations are broken down by era and independents by region. Stations for special purposes can be found inside, such as truck stops, travel stops, marina and airport fueling facilities, trackside discounters, farm co-ops and more. The very first ‘built-for-that-purpose’ station, opened by Gulf in 1913 in Pittsburgh opens the story, but chapter one includes scenes showing fuel facilities prior to 1913 — curb pumps and early stations converted from other uses. Monument style stations of the 1910s and 1920s, residential style stations of the 1920s and 1930s, art deco porcelain palaces of the 1940s and 1950s, they’re all inside. If you work in the petroleum industry or are interested in roadside nostalgia, old advertising, petroleum collectibles, or simply want a ride down memory lane, this is the book for you. Hardbound, at 356 pages, 10 3/4-inches wide by 14 inches tall, with over 2,100 images in color and b/w from 1913 through the present, this is a book to cherish for many years.