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Your most cherished collection deserves a worthy stage and what could be more fitting than one of our impressive petrol pump show cases made in the image of the iconic &#;s  Tokheim gas pump.    These cabinets are made with realism in mind and  stand around cm tall ( cm with a globe ), 68cm wide with the fuel gun and are 40cm deep.

They can be used for a wide variety of applications for example displaying products in barbershops, Tattoo studios , 50&#;s diners or can be used for exhibitions, point of sale or just in the man cave or home bar, but  you get the picture.

We use top quality materials in the manufacturing  of our vintage style gas pumps including furniture grade tempered  glass.  

Our pumps are not fibreglass! We make our reproduction gas pumps entirely  from the ground up using raw materials in the form of high impact polymers supplied to us in flat form. We then mould this and reinforce it with aluminium composite panelling  into the beautiful and sturdy retro petrol / gas pump&#;s you see here. 

We can customise these pumps to a large degree matching your colour choice and logo or images etc.   

We are sure you&#;ll agree that these retro gas pumps are both realistic and beautiful so why not bring a piece of yesteryear into your life and drop us a message with you requirements[email protected]

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s Martin & Schwartz vintage gas pump, here you gowe are able to offer another vintage gas pump from the same local collector that restores them himself, haven’t had one in a while and I don’t know when or if we will get another one from him so get it while you can, the originals are getting harder and harder to come by, this is an original pump that has been restored with the popular Texaco theme, real brass nozzle, has reproduction globe, hose and decals but body is original, front doors open up, guts have been removed so easy to move around, this is a midsize to smaller pump that will fit in any shop, office, garage or even your living room! 😎 Wired for to plug into any outlet to light up globe, faceplate and site glass. Very, very cool! Hurry before I buy it for myself!

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The Evolution of the Gas Pump

Before motoring, hardware stores and general stores would store kerosene in large tanks to be ladled into customer containers. It was in Fort Wayne, Indiana where kerosene gas pump inventor, S.F. Bowser sold his first, newly invented kerosene pump to the owner of a grocery shop. This was to solve the problem and mess of a storekeeper ladling flammable liquid into whatever random container the customer brought. At that time, kerosene would fuel stoves and lamps. Gasoline was just a volatile byproduct of refining kerosene.

Bowser’s invention, which reliably measured and dispensed kerosene – a product in high demand for nearly 50 years – soon evolved into the metered gasoline pump. The original Bowser pump was utilitarian looking, made up of a square metal tank with a wooden cabinet equipped with a suction pump operated by a manual hand-stroke lever. In , a hose attachment was added for putting gasoline directly into the fuel tank. 

Bowser Chief Sentry Gas Pump

In around , automobiles were becoming commercially available. With already established relationships with refineries, hardware stores, general stores, and even pharmacies would sell the gasoline needed for combustion engines. Gasoline, a highly flammable liquid, was stored in large above-ground tanks or curbside in 5-gallon tanks. Located in city centers, this large quantity of flammable liquid stored in general and hardware stores would present serious fire risks.  After a series of fires and explosions, regulations forced businesses selling gasoline to be moved from city centers to the roadways beyond the cities.

There are a few claims for the first-ever drive-in gas station. Standard Oil claims it had a station in Seattle, Washington in , while it’s also been argued that the first appeared in St. Louis a few years earlier. However, most recognize that when “Good Gulf Gasoline” went on sale in downtown Pittsburgh in , the first true drive-in service was opened. “On its first day, the station sold 30 gallons of gasoline at 27 cents per gallon. On its first Saturday, Gulf’s new service station pumped gallons of gasoline,” noted the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The station was located directly next to car dealerships, leading new car owners to fill up directly after pulling off the lot.

This was really the start to manufacturers enclosing the mechanics of the curbside pumps in cabinets. These cabinets ranged in design and style. Some basic cabinets simply stored the parts of the machinery, whereas others were more stylized. These were the early days when company logos started to appear on the pump, either directly on the cabinet or on a globe above the pump.

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Gas Pump Timeline:

to – hand pump with no measurement device

to – hand pump, some with clockface for measurement

to – hand pumps with minimal color. Some with clockface (possibly attached visible attachment)

to – hand pumps, some with color, some with clockface, some with glowing marketing globe on top

to – art deco style with color, some with both clockface and glass cylinders, glowing globe on top

to – square styling and color, electronic with clock face and cylinder, some with sight glass (smaller cylinder), still has a glowing globe on top

to – box style only, glowing computerized measurement and price calculation

By , the first visible pump was introduced. The customer was able to see just how much fuel he was purchased by the inclusion of a large glass cylinder that was hooked up to the pump. When first introduced, the glass cylinders were retrofitted to curbside pumps that already existed. In companies started to develop new pumps with the cylinders attached directly to them.  This was also the early foray into experimenting with motorized pumping mechanisms versus the manual hand crank. Around , the visible cylinder was replaced by the clock-style meter, which was a dominant feature of early s gas pumps.

was the year that the computer meter was developed by the Wayne Pump Company. With this invention was the departure from the traditional clock-face style replaced instead by a more digital form. Gallons and prices were displayed directly on the face and this caught on quickly. By the late 30’s, all companies used the computer meter. This was the beginning of the Art Deco period as well, which embraces the machine aesthetic. Gas pumps in this era were geometric in shape and featured stepped and vibrant patterns with stainless steel. Although the edges were slightly rounded, the overall pump was squarer in its look. This style was dominant throughout the WWII years, as the government limited their manufacturing.

Once the Second World War ended, cars got lower and therefore it became an obstacle trying to view meters from the car’s new lower perspective. As a result, new, shorter gasoline pumps were designed, which were called low-profile pumps. For the most part, these pumps featured rounded edges, stainless steel trim, large meter faces, and simpler details than what was seen in the Art Deco designs of the s.

Continuing into the ’s the trend continued to move away from rounder edges and the stainless steel pump was popular. The hardware was shorter, squarer in shape, and featured unpainted, stainless steel surfaces. The top part of the pump was often larger, setting atop a narrower, tapering base. The units were often set up adjacent to one another in long rows, providing different types of fuels and services.

“Today, , gas stations dot the landscape, including , convenience stores,” Ernst reports. On average, each location sells about 4, gallons of fuel per day, “quite a jump from the 30 gallons sold at the Gulf station in Pittsburgh on December 1, ”

Early Gas Stations

In the early years of motoring, before dedicated gasoline stations existed, motorists would buy gasoline from hardware stores, general stores, pharmacies, and even blacksmiths. These businesses had pre-existing relationships with the refineries through their sale of kerosene which was used as a lighting fuel. Stored in five-gallon cans stacked curbside or in large above-ground tanks, the fuel was poured into the automobile’s gas tank using a funnel with a chamois as a filter.

Due to the fire dangers and a series of incidents, public concern and regulators would force the sale of gasoline to dedicated retail facilities outside of city centers.

Several locations around the country claim to be the site of the nation&#;s first gasoline station, known to motorists at the time as &#;filling stations. Learn more about the first gas stations

Gas is flowing throughout the country in mass quantities every day. Whether it’s filling your car tank or being transported, having the proper and safe machinery to handle this liquid is key.  In the early ’s, a hose was included to the pump to allow for direct pumping. Nowadays hoses include swivel joints and safety breakaways  to ensure safe transportation and transfer of liquids.

The Modern Gas Pump is laden with new features but the mission is still the same. The pump has to efficiently transfer and account for fuel that is stored in an underground tank to the consumer&#;s fuel tank. The use of swivel joints is standard to allow for easy placement of the fuel nozzle to the vehicle&#;s fuel tank. Vapor recovery systems are also standard and in some cases required on today&#;s pumps. These systems return escaping vapors back to the tank to accomplish two things&#;

  • Protect the environment
  • Stop product loss

Other items on modern pumps include more accurate accounting to the seller and consumer by using modern flow metering. Today&#;s pumps often have small video screens that relay news items, and advertisements. Point Of Purchase card readers allow for at the pump payment and for loyalty program tracking which passes on savings and product deals to consumers.

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SafeRack is the leading distributor of liquid transfer systems, so whether it&#;s swivel joints, loading arms, or liquid transfer coupler or adapters, our knowledgeable experts create a system customized to any liquid transfer environment.


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Ever since A Moment in Time Retro Design started selling gas pumps on our website, www.Heffrons.com we have seen a growing number of requests for not only typical gas pumps but also custom made gas pumps that feature their logo or design. So what makes gasoline pumps such a wanted collectable? Some suggest the color, the brand, the era, or all of the above. Since gas pumps are so unique in style, the real answer is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The gasoline pump has evolved over the years. Like with anything, knowing your history is important. Someone selling a gas pump that’s been in their family for a while may want to know more about the era. Likewise, someone looking to purchase their first gas pump as a collector’s piece or to start a hobby might want to know about the history that they are investing in. Luckily we are here to help.

The Early Years

In the first kerosene pump was manufactured by Sylvanus Bowser of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Most people during that time were not fortunate enough to afford a horseless carriage, so the device was used more for a customer’s metal can that could be brought home to fuel stoves and lighting fixtures. As time went on though, the idea of pumps being used for automobiles began to grow. Bowser added a hose to his pump and eventually a nozzle. Store clerks would count the number of crank pumps made with the handle to figure out how many gallons had been given to the customer. The clerk would also look down the hole to see the height of the gas level so that they would know when the tank was full. As you can see neither method was particularly liked by stores and something needed to change.

The Beginning of Change

Moving forward twenty years, a clock face would be added to gas pumps being manufactured. It was a step in the right direction as the clock face would measure the amount of gasoline being pumped. The demand for an even more precise way to measure gas would eventually lead to the design of the visible gas pump. Some visible pumps could stand upwards to 10ft tall. Almost like a science beaker, the cylinders were marked by gallon.

FUN FACT: Did you know how a gas pump knows when your tank is full? It's because of a tube that runs back up into the fuel pump handle. As gas flows through the nozzle, a vacuum pressure causes air to be sucked up. Once the tank is full, the flow of air stops and the vacuum pressure begins to build. In the nozzle handle the pressure builds until it forces a lever that pops the handle trigger, shutting off the flow of gasoline.

Aesthetically Pleasing

Gas pumps and gas stations were now a thing. As time went on the colors and designs of gas pumps began to grow. The addition of globes helped to brighten the station during the night hours and also to help advertise the gasoline’s manufacturer. Gasoline pumps would also begin getting smaller in size. The visible pumps would shrink and as more vehicles were on the road, stations would eventually be forced to store the gasoline underground. Luckily by the ’s customer confidence in the gas pump retailer would be very high. Customers trusted that they were receiving the correct number of gallons for what they were paying and also that the gas they were receiving was up to standards. The introduction of electric pumps would eventually give the ultimate precession of measurement and eliminate the cylinder all together.

Wrapping Up

Gas pumps have evolved a lot of the years and that's why all of our gas pumps are hand crafted, custom reproductions to fit your needs. Each pump is full sized and built right here in the USA. Unlike gas pumps built years ago, our gas pumps provide a lot of great features that make them perfect for any den, garage, shop, or business. Features such as flat screen TV's, display shelves, iPads, and did we mention beer taps? All can be added to your retro gas pump to make it just how you want it.

So for all of your gas pumps visit A Moment in Time Retro design today or give our office a call. We look forward to hearing from you.

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