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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000875.txt from 2000/04

From: George Kidder <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Dates and history
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 08:19:09 -0400

At 02:46 PM 04/19/2000 -0500, you wrote:
>Exacly right too. I remember Ethel didn't always mean that was the brand of
>gas you were getting it was the grade and that's why they had the glass
>bowl on the top of the tank.. make sure it was clean and the right color.
>So when people ask directios and I tell them to take a right at the Flying
>A Gas Station I mean the Mobil station. But that was later on too.
>Cheers, Leo
The "glass bowl" which I barely remember had a different function. Those
"gas pumps" would pump (by hand) the gas into an elevated, calibrated glass
reservoir, from which you could drain out however much you wanted up to its
10 gal. capacity, if I remember right. So its function was for measuring
the gas, not for determining its quality. Later on, gas pumps had a small
glass dome with a rotating gismo in it, to ascertain that the pump line was
full and that the calibration was likely to be reasonably accurate. But
these were metering pumps operating on a different principle. But you're
right that the existence of a glass sight glass of some sort made possible
all the hype of things like "Blue Sunoco".
George Kidder

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