Visible Gas Pump & EV Charging Station in 1942 & 2023

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March 28, 1942/April 2023 – The archive photo shows an Imperial “visible” gas pump in front of 783 Dundas St W in Toronto’s Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood.

Gas would be hand-pumped from an underground storage tank to the glass cylinder at the top of this old-fashioned pump. The gas (up to 10 gallons) was visible to the customer before being dispensed into the vehicle’s tank. The pumps also featured a light on top and advertising the brand of fuel. In the background of the vintage photo is the Centre Theatre, once located at the northwest corner of Dundas St W and Markham St.

The present-day photo shows an EV charging station on Lakeshore Rd E in Oakville. There is an 81-year difference between the two images.

Then and Now

March 28, 1942/April 2023 – The archive photo shows an Imperial "visible" gas pump in front of 783 Dundas St W in Toronto's Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood. Gas would be hand-pumped from an underground storage tank to the glass cylinder at the top of this old-fashioned pump. The gas (up to 10 gallons) was visible to the customer before being dispensed into the vehicle's tank. The pumps also featured a light on top and advertising the brand of fuel. In the background of the vintage photo is the Centre Theatre, once located at the northwest corner of Dundas St W and Markham St. The present-day photo shows an EV charger on Lakeshore Rd E in Oakville. There is an 81-year difference between the two images
March 28, 1942/April 2023 – The archive photo shows an Imperial “visible” gas pump in front of 783 Dundas St W in Toronto’s Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood (City of Toronto Archives, Series 372, Sub Series 58, Item 1622)
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