PRIMITIVE   8 comments

Can a gas pump be considered primitive?  I think this one can.  Compared to the computerized gas pumps we have now, and even those from the 70’s & 80’s, this one is primitive.  If anyone knows about how old this one is, please let me know, I’m curious….it’s another piece of disappearing Americana.   Edit:  Tetraethyl Lead  (printed on the sign on the pump)  Imagine that, corporations putting a known poison in products for profit……that would NEVER happen today, right?

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Posted April 26, 2012 by Madelaine in Photography by Madelaine Cappuccio

8 responses to “PRIMITIVE

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  1. When you fill er up! Put a handkerchief or two over the nozzle, just to stop all that rust getting in your motor. AND DON”T SMOKE!

  2. I think there was a time when the pump was very modern …

  3. Love the rusty texture on this primitive pump.

  4. heh wow to the photo, and as for its age, I do not know, we’ve been taking progressive photos of an ‘prehistoric’ diesel pump for over 12 years, watching the growth over run it, and for as long we’ve asked the old timers; any timers but all of them say with a shrug, ‘je sais pas’ they don’t know, but guess maybe over 40-50 years..this one is really quite pretty compared to ours…love the photo

  5. The composition is perfect, I like how the shadow adds dimension. Also like the grungy feel for this old pump!

  6. Oooooh I love rust and textures….this is great

  7. Such great colors in the rustiness and fine textures all wrapped around poison! I love the light on the gauges and in the whole image.

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