Dec 26 2008

When Gasoline was 14 Cents a Gallon


Several people have requested an unedited version of the image posted this Wednesday of the corner of the Hillside Avenue and Springfield Boulevard on January 22, 1931.

LIMPers certainly enjoy the 1/2 mile Long Island Motor Parkway sign near the Super X gas station, but the above photo offers other treasures. Click on the image to find the following:

-the classic canopied station and its gas pumps

-the police signal station called Missouri 1650 with a man in the small booth. Was he manually changing the two-color traffic light hanging from the corner?

-a policeman standing in the middle of the interesection apparently directing traffic despite the presence of the traffic light, .

-the two large cars in front of the police signal station. Can anyone identify them?

I continue to receive great feedback from the Newsday article on the article on the 1909 Alco-6 Black Beast Racer. When I was in the drugstore yesterday, my pharmacist handed me a prescription and said: "Great article today, I can't wait to see the car in our parking lot!"


Dec 26 2008 Mark Dill 3:21 PM

Hi Howard.

I have a general comment/question. Has anyone tried to organize charity footrace on remnants of the Parkway? It doesn’t sound feasible to run a full marathon, but maybe a half or 10K…even a 5K?

Dec 27 2008 Howard Kroplick 5:13 PM

Hi Mark,

It’s a good idea! I don’t think anyone has tried to run either a bike or foot race on the 2 1/2 mile stretch in Queens.


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