Weegee Daily… July 23, 1942

Weegee, PM Daily, July 23, 1942

Rationing of gasoline via permanent coupons started yesterday. In the photo, cars lined up in front of stations without gas. Sam Fromen, junkman, and his faithful steed had laugh on autoists at this Seventh Ave. station. Later in the day, after stations got gas, motorists stayed away in droves. Afraid of disappointment, perhaps. PM Photo by Weegee

Ceegee, Weegee Daily, July 23, 2012

Irrational. No rationing on this Seventh Ave. block. The gulf between the past and the present is thicker than bricks… WD Photo by Ceegee










We let our fingers do the walking to find this location… According to the 1940 Manhattan telephone book (courtesy of NYPL), there were two Bricks Service Stations on 7th Ave. The one at 161 7th Ave. is behind the Gulf gas station in Weegee’s photo. A local resident on a bike helped us identify the “art deco” building in the background…

Close, but no cigar…

The Google Street view of the Weegee photo.


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