Gas stations used to be much more than the usual Quickie Mart scenario it is today. They were grand by design and beautifully styled and now Gestalten is highlighting those locations and modern gas stations that try to get away from the typically mundane locations of today.
"The first gasoline was sold in pharmacies—but this was to change in the 1950s. As the car experienced its great rise in popularity, gas stations began to pop up like mushrooms out of the ground. Futuristic and progressive, these modern temples of mobility became roadside reference points for young people hungry for independence, and to everyone who strove for a sense of freedom.
It’s a Gas! explores the surprisingly diverse world of the gas station—a functional high tech temple, a transit zone, a film set, a converted residence, or an abandoned ruin hidden in a backyard. The world of pumps is full of surprises, ready to be discovered in this book.
The preface was written by US-American talkshow legend and passionate car collector Jay Leno."