What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

Yonge and Gerrard/Then and Now

The N/E corner just east of Yonge. 1938. note the curbside gravity feed gas pump. The city would soon pass a law banning these curbside gas stations.

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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 you’d 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.


5 responses

  1. Torontonian

    Can someone please tell me where the fuel tanks are? Under the sidewalk?
    Wouldn’t there be a concern about safety if it’s under the sidewalk?

    February 19, 2015 at 11:40 pm

  2. The gas was held in the glass reservoir up top.

    February 20, 2015 at 12:58 am

  3. Torontonian

    I meant where was the rest of the fuel stored before it got into the
    gravity gas pump?

    February 20, 2015 at 11:41 am

  4. I was wrong. See updated post.

    February 20, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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