Photo of the Week: Fill 'Er Up!

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According to the New York Times (but not Wikipedia), the first American drive-in gas station opened in Pittsburgh on this day in 1913. In the ensuing 97 years (or 101, or 105, or 122...your mileage may vary), the gas station has become a symbol of the American love of automobiles and a surprising source of inspiration for artists. Here are four photographs from the Carter's collection that document gas stations across the country.

Berenice Abbott, Sobol Gas Station at Night, New York, gelatin silver print, 1929-1939
Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Sobol Gas Station at Night, New York, gelatin silver print, 1929-1939, Gift of P/K Associates, New York, New York, © Commerce Graphics Ltd., Inc.

Esther Bubley, Cecil Faris, Mayor of Tomball, Operates a Filling Station, Tomball, Texas, gelatin silver print, 1945
Esther Bubley (1921-1998), Cecil Faris, Mayor of Tomball, Operates a Filling Station, Tomball, Texas, gelatin silver print, 1945, Gift of Texas Monthly, Inc., printed from a negative in the Standard Oil of New Jersey Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives, © Standard Oil Company

Ed Ruscha, Flying A, Kingman, Arizona, gelatin silver print, 1962
Ed Ruscha (b. 1937), Flying A, Kingman, Arizona, gelatin silver print, 1962, ©1962 Edward Ruscha

Terry Falke, Gallup, NM, dye coupler print, 1995
Terry Falke (b. 1950), Gallup, NM, dye coupler print, 1995, Gift of Dominic Lam, © 1995 Terry Falke

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