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Bowser gasoline pump
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-19241

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This object appears in the following sections:


Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — “Fill 'er Up!”

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Bowser gasoline pump dial
Bowser gasoline pump dial

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Gasoline Pump
Catalog #: 323,490, Accession #: 254,115
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This example of an early style of gas pump was made by S. F. Bowser and Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Physical Description
artifact. 67" H x 35" W x 10" D. Pump # J-4240. Operated by a hand crank using a rack and pinion system. "Clock face" shaped dial with numbers let consumer know how much gas had been pumped.
Details
Date Made:
1916
Locations:
Indiana
Credit:
Gift of Don H. Berkebile
History
As Americans began to drive gasoline fueled cars in large numbers, oil companies and gasoline stations created technologies and systems to fulfill the demands of consumers.
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Manufacturer
S. F. Bowser and Company
Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Donor
Don H. Berkebile
Donor worked for the National Museum of American History. He donated this object in 1962

Place of Manufacture
Fort Wayne, Indiana


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