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These days in Wisconsin, filling up your car is a no-nonsense affair and one in which, increasingly, there is absolutely zero interaction now that we can and do pay at the pump.
But back in the day, you didn't even get out of your car. Instead, a gas station attendant did the dirty work – often in a crisp white uniform – and checked your oil and washed your windows while you waited.
For folks who miss those days gone by – and for ones just curious to see it – here's a freshly squeegeed window into some vintage Milwaukee-area filling stations, where folks also got their cars serviced. Thanks to the folks in the Old Milwaukee Facebook group for sharing!
Chmielewski Brothers, 15th and Lincoln, 1963
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Jeff Chmielewski)
"Romans'" Standard, 20th and College
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Robert Easey)
Carl's Standard Oil, 76th and Center, circa 1950s
Lynn's Service, Hopkins and Villard, circa mid-1940s
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Janis Seitz)
Beacon Mobil, 2116 10th Ave., South Milwaukee, 1977
(PHOTO: Courtesy of John Margolies)
Consolidated, likely at 328 W. Capitol Dr., 1945
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Bill and Pat Wetzel)
Enco, Center Street, possibly at 76th St., circa early 1970s
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Adam Levin)
"Ozzie" Kaszynski's Mobil, 35th and Burnham, circa 1953
(PHOTOS: Courtesy of Gail Bolen)
Clark Station, Silver Spring and Fond du Lac, circa 1959
(PHOTOS: Courtesy of Scott Plunkett)
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in an episode of TV's "Party of Five," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.