Wed, 06/06/2018 – 18:35
After the Second World War, there was an automotive boom that spanned the globe: as automobiles became an affordable luxury for people around the world, drivers flocked to the highways to celebrate their newfound autonomy, and a peppering of gas stations quickly sprung up to meet the need to fuel up along the way. It was a time for independence; it was a time for experimentation; it was a time that Jay Leno remembers well. The renowned T.V. superstar and host of Jay Leno’s Garage penned a personal preface for our recent release It’s A Gas! A lifelong car fanatic himself, Leno recounts a childhood spent gazing at the cornucopia of cars at every gas station. They were a place for exchange and a place to be shared—as Leno says in It’s A Gas!, “The gas station is a democratic space, where, like death and taxes, everybody has to go sometime”.
It’s A Gas! celebrates the diversity of gas stations and their architecture and champions their timeless allure that’s lasted over half a century. The book is also available in German as Schöner Tanken.
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