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This Clark Station was located near the northwest corner of Silver Spring Drive and Fond du Lac Avenue. (PHOTO: Courtesy of Scott Plunkett) (PHOTO: Old Milwaukee Facebook)

10 vintage photos of Milwaukee gas stations

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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!

Ding ding!

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)


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