Thursday, August 25, 2011

A modern computerized gasoline pump. Grahm's BP Amoco. Niles Illinois USA. August 2011.

I was born in Chicago Illinois during the year of 1962, and have witnessed the great evolution of the everyday gasoline pump at the local filling stations over the course of time.

When I was a kid, gasoline pumps were simple affairs with rolling electro mechnicl numbers musch like on a vintage pinball machine. Some had bells that would sound a simple "Ding! - Ding! -Ding! -Ding!" as each gallon would register. Some of the older six foot tall stand up models fom the 1940's and 50's era, had decorative glass lighted globe lights on the top, wich were eventually phased out due to the rise of urban vandalism.

Prior to the 1970's, many gasoline stations had full sevice islands, were an attendant would pump Your gas and do minor spot maintenance like washing Your windows.

This photo, was taken rcently At Grahm' BP Amoco convenience gasoline station on North Milwaukee Avenue / Illinois U.S Route # 21 in northwest suburban Niles Illinois.

Todays modern gasoline pumps, are now computerized, and aimed at the self servic market, wich is now the industry standard due to rising costs in rcent years. The digital gasoline gallon readout, is done in an LCD or Liqued Crystal Display.

The times have really changed technoliogy wise for todays gasoline stations.

Eddie K.

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