Our best-selling book on American car culture is now available in this new paperback edition! The American Gas Station is a nostalgic history of the service station and the American car culture it helped create. An exceptional chronicle of the birth of roadside architecture, the development of gasoline pumps, corporate trademarks, and gas station memorabilia.
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Michael Karl Witzel is an award-winning author and photographer. As America's premier chronicler of car culture and roadside phenomena, his work has been published in Invention & Technology, Rider, Motorhome, Volkswagen World, and Route 66 magazine. His "Roadside America" column appears monthly in Mobilia magazine.Review:
From the curbside gas pumps of the 1920s, to the full-service, uniformed attendants of the 1930s-50s, to today's self-service stations, Witzel thoroughly educates the reader about the history of a little considered, but important need for the motoring public. The text is well written and traces the gas station's history chronologically, while the illustrations provide the reader with a poignant reminder of a time when many things in life were much simpler. -- Vette Magazine - Book of the Month, September 1997
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