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Gas stations had a price war in 1940

Posted 18 August 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian

In 1940, my parents took a road trip to Texas to visit my mother’s aunt and uncle. On the way there they took this picture where gas was selling for 9 cents a gallon.

I believe there was a “gas war” under way in that vicinity as we can see another service station in the distance.

At any rate they thought it was very cheap at the time, hence the picture was taken as proof.