Weekend Photos: Teapot Dome Gas Station

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

On yet one more highway journey we occurred alongside this unusual type of filling station–a tribute of kinds to the Teapot Dome Scandal. It has been 100 years because the ensuing investigation, which drastically embarrassed the Harding Administration and later despatched Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall to jail on corruption costs.  In a twist, in 1985 the Department of the Interior added the station to the National Register of Historic Places.

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I discover it nearly a bit amusing to see these vintage pumps constructed to solely help per gallon costs as much as 99 9/10 cents–they learn just below 28 cents on the dials–in mild of right this moment’s 5 greenback actuality. (A scandal in itself) But we will be taught to utilize the arms we’re dealt in life. I’m reminded of a time twenty-five years in the past once I was travelling in Turkey and noticed a 1970’s classic gasoline pump nonetheless getting used then. It too had comparable dials having solely three analog numerals for the sale value. Yet being inside a nation well-known for a number of intervals of hyperinflation, the station’s house owners simply made up for this shortcoming by progressively including an increasing number of zeros to the face of the pump till gasoline was allotted in tens of millions of Lira. Once may additionally see the rising resignation to the worth will increase by way of the primary additional zero being fastidiously painted with a brush, to years later when he final three every have been reasonably hastilly handwritten with a sharpie by most likely the identical individual. Hopefully we received’t be so unfortunate.

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