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.
1917 Reed Brothers Dodge Texaco Filling Station
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.
“That Good Gulf Gasoline” drive-through filling station circa late 1920s
1936 After World War II with a New Front
Reed Brothers Dodge 1960s
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”.