We love these gorgeous old gasoline ads from the era when cars were cutting edge and building a lot of suburban developments connected by vast highways seemed like a super futuristic move. Ah, the early days of the automobile never looked sunnier.

No extra price – the new and better Texaco gasoline, c. 1920

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Shell Gasoline, c. 1920

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Shell Motor Oil and Gasoline, 1920s

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Associated Ethyl Gasoline, 1920

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Power on the instant – from the volatile gas, Texaco, 1923

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Richfield, the Gasoline of Power, mid-1920s

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Shell – for the utmost horse power, 1926, Artist: Jean D'Ylen

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On Every Highway

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Shell Motor Oil and Petrol, 1927

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Red Crown, a Natural Anti-Knock Gasoline

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For Quick-Starting, 1930

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Texaco-Ethyl gasoline, 1931

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BP Ethyl posters from the early 1930s

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Artist: Paolo Frederico Garretto, c. 1930

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Artist: Edward McKnight Kauffer,1933

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Try stepped-up 1940 Fire-Chief today, 1940

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A Tydol gasoline ad on a matchbook

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Three of a Kind for Power!, 1941

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Fuel of the future today, Shell, 1941

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New Solutized Shell is the finer fuel for '41, Shell, 1941

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Four times as powerful as 100-octane gasoline? Say that again!, 1944

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The Best Gasoline is Still Fighting, 1945

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88 and 98 gasoline, British American Oil, early 1950s

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Advertising posters of Ethyl Corp., early 1950s

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Chevron ads from the 1950s

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Beat Summer Heat! Get a tank-full today!, Gulf, 1951

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Packs Punch!, Texaco, 1951

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The new Gulf Crest gasoline, 1955

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Great New Source of Power for your car, Texaco, 1956

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Holiday motoring costs less on the multi-bonus benzol blends, 1957

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For higher smile age, National Benzole, 1957

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New Gulf Crest gasoline, 1958

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Dry gasolines from Sunoco, 1961

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Caltex serves you better, 1962 and 1966 (the last one)

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Put a Tiger In Your Tank, by Esso, 1964-1968

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This is not an ordinary Shell station, 1965

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Get out of town – fast, Regent, 1966

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