The first gas pumps were built in the 1880s by the Bowser Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana, followed in 1898 by pumps that could pull fuel from an underground tank. This beautiful antique replica gas pump has a working clock and is soldered, hand shaped, and hand painted in red. The decaled insignia and painted details give more of an authentic look. Intricate details are portrayed in the text, license plates, and metal wiring. It is made of iron and carefully handcrafted with an average of forty man - hours to complete. A stunning antique gas pump to display in your home or office! 100% iron frame Clock uses one AA battery (battery not included) Rubber gas hose
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The first gas pumps were built in the 1880s by the Bowser Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana, followed in 1898 by pumps that could pull fuel from an underground tank. As the automobiles popularity soared in the1920s, service stations sprang up everywhere and the gas pump became a key promotional medium. The early pumps were visible gas pumps, with a clear glass cylinder, usually 5 or 10 gallons on top of the pump, so you could see what you were getting, or if the gas was dirty (a big problem at that time). There was a manual pump youd pull back and forth to pump the gas out of the underground tank into the cylinder, which was 8 or 10 feet tall. From there the gas flowed by gravity down the hose into the car. Some of the most collectible pumps are the early ones with the cylinder on top and the old clock face that keeps track of just gallons. Also in demand are the computing pumps from the 1930s into the 1950s, but in the 1960s they modernized them, making them more boxy and plain. Pumps from the 1930s in particular have a lot of great art deco styling (and are very tall).