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Three Blind Mice #14583

Looking back at you in this image are three very vintage mechanical gas pumps from the leaded fuel era, and these were dispensing gasoline back in the days before anyone had even imagined a four lane interstate highway. The major road connections across the states back in the twenties and thirties were the “US” routes which often show as red lines on a traditional paper map, and America was dotted with hundreds of small “filling stations” both large and small, fancy and plain. They would have had shiny working pumps very similar to these.<br />
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The one on the left has an old Sinclair logo below just out of the frame and a great green and yellow patina of faded paint, but the other two have no markings and are beholden to no one. The center pump has lost it’s innards and the right hand jobber is only half there with the rust gypsy having slipped away with the other half, leaving Swiss cheese. The two upside down pots worn for hats keep rainwater from ruining the interior mechanisms any further, and the title comes from all three pumps having their dial faces knocked out or nearly so. They were found lined up with others in a metal salvage yard, and I’m glad someone decided to set these interesting pieces of nostalgia aside.<br />
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