Martha Canfield Library seeking photos for collection


ARLINGTON >> Where did you get your gas?

Do you remember when gas was thirty-eight cents a gallon? If you do, you may not want to admit it for fear of revealing your age.

The Russell Vermontiana Collection in Arlington is looking for photographs to document early gas stations in Sandgate, Arlington, or Sunderland. Today there are two stations on Main Street (Route 7A), but in 1956 there were at least five gas stations or garages. Robert Benedict's garage, Wyman's Service Station, Bernie's Super Service, and the Mear's Brothers provided service in town. Berge's Garage was known for providing repair service, electric and acetylene welding, Tydol automotive products by Mr. Berge. Mrs. Berge oversaw the antique and gift shop customers could visit while waiting for their gas or repair work.

Twenty years later in 1976 there were five stations, recent enough to avoid giving up clues to your age. These included Hess's garage, Cole's Shell Service, Jerry's Gulf, Arlington B. P., and Reed's Kelly Stand Garage, not to mention the smaller shops neighbors ran in their personal garage or barn.

The Russell Collection is seeking to expand their material on this poorly documented part of local history. We are willing to scan and return your photographs or accept donations. Scanned photos will be returned with a disk containing digital copies of your material.

For additional information, or to drop off photos, contact the Russell Vermontiana Collection at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library by phone at 375-6153, or by email at The Collection is also open Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment.


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