First Gulf Gas Dealer

1915 Rockville Garage First Gas Station – A Single Pump

This page consists of photos which I have been able to piece together on the history of Reed Brothers’ filling stations. In 1915, they began selling gas at their original location at the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Rockville Pike. Their first “gas station” consisted of a single pump. Later (circa 1917), they became an authorized Texaco Filling Station and sold Texaco gasoline, also from a single pump. At some point prior to 1920, Reed Brothers Dodge changed over from selling Texaco and became a Gulf Gasoline dealer. Reed Brothers carried Hudson and Oldsmobile, Goodyear tires, General Electric appliances, and had the first Gulf gas station in the still-rural Washington D.C. area.

1915 – Rockville Garage first gas station – a single pump. View looking West on Main Street of Rockville showing early Trolley car.

1917 Reed Brothers Dodge Texaco Filling Station
1917 Original Rockville Garage with 2 story addition. Note the Texaco Filling Station signage and the Texaco Petroleum fuel truck refilling the single pump in front.

1917 Original Rockville Garage with 2 story addition. Note the Texaco Filling Station signage and the Texaco Petroleum fuel truck refilling the single pump in front.

1917 Texaco Petroleum Truck

1917 – Texaco Petroleum Truck “posing” in front of Rockville Garage. In the background is Old St Mary’s Church

1922 Reed Brothers Dodge Gulf Gasoline

Reed Brothers Dodge was the first Gulf gasoline dealer in the Washington, D.C. area. Later, in addition to gas, they carried a full line of Gulf lubricants, Goodyear tires, Willard batteries, complimentary road maps, free air and water, and many other well known brands of merchandise to meet their patrons needs.

1922 Reed Brothers Dodge

Reed Brothers Dodge gets a new facelift and remodel in 1922. Note the new Gulf gas pumps. The Rockville Fair Grounds are beyond the boarded fence.

“That Good Gulf Gasoline” drive-through filling station circa late 1920s
1920s Gulf Gas

Late 1920’s front with Gulf Gasoline drive-through filling station. Note the unpaved dirt road on Rockville Pike and trolley tracks.

Late 1920's. In front is a large sign that reads "That Good Gulf

Late 1920’s. In front is a large sign that reads “That Good Gulf Gasoline”. In the background is the old St Mary’s Church and Cemetery in Rockville.

1920's front with Gulf Gasoline

Late 1920’s front with Gulf Gasoline drive-through filling station and unpaved, dirt roads of Rockville Pike and Veirs Mill Road.

1936 After World War II with a New Front
1936 After WW II and the Addition of Gulf Gas

Reed Brothers celebrated the end of World War II with another new facelift and a whole new look.

Reed Brothers Dodge Gulf Gas Station

Reed Brothers Dodge canopied Gulf Gas Station circa 1936. A closer look reveals the price of gasoline as 15 cents. On the right attached to a telephone pole is a sign pointing the way to Olney. In addition to the Gulf signage there is a small, barely visible sign below that promotes, “Clean Rest Rooms”.

Reed Brothers Dodge canopied Gulf Gas Station circa 1936.

Reed Brothers Dodge canopied Gulf Gas Station circa 1936. View Rockville Pike side

Reed Brothers Dodge canopied Gulf Gas Station circa 1936.

Reed Brothers Dodge canopied Gulf Gas Station circa 1936. View Veirs Mill Road side.

Reed Brothers Dodge 1960s
Reed Brothers Dodge 1953

Due to changes in the highway, Reed Brothers began an extensive remodeling and rebuilding program. Two-thirds of the original location at the junction of then Route 240 and Viers Mill Road was razed and a modern Gulf Service Station was erected.

Below is a mid-1960′s photo of  the Reed Brothers Dodge Gulf Gasoline station. The famous Gulf “ice box” design dates back to late 1930’s and there were  probably more of these built than any single one of the later Gulf designs. A Coca Cola machine is visible in front of the white Dodge Dart parked in front of the service bay. The sign in the grass on the right reads, “We’re Making Deals on Gulf Tires”.

Reed Brothers Dodge Gulf Gas Station

Reed Brothers Dodge Gulf Gas Station circa mid-1960s

Gulf Gas 1956

Gulf Gas Postcard

Gulf Gas Postcard

4 responses to “First Gulf Gas Dealer”

  1. Dave says :

    The last big photo is not circa 1953, it’s about 1966 because the cars in the background are mid ’60s.

    • Reed Brothers says :

      Hi Dave, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to post your comment. A few of the older photographs are not dated and requires me guessing at the approximate date. I’m so glad you pointed it out, and I’ve made note of it and changed it on the photo.

      One thing I know is that while I’m grateful that my family hung on to all these old photos, I wish they’d taken the time to give them them better dates and labels!

      Best wishes to you,
      Jeanne Gartner

  2. Upriverdavid says :

    Thanks for all the older pictures……I started the day out looking at streetcars today and found your site..Cool!!
    Upriverdavid

    • Reed Brothers says :

      I am so glad you enjoyed the pictures! Looking back at photography from the past has always been a fascinating experience for me. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment.

      All the best to you,
      Jeanne

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