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More automotive supplies than a lot of "gas stations" here in the US that just have beer, cigarettes and lotto tickets.

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That reminds me of New Zealand prior to 1925 when all "benzine" came in 4 gallon tins. They were sold in a light wooden box, sometimes two to a box. I am not sure if they were US gallons or UK gallons. The tins were carried strapped all over the cars and often discarded on the road when emptied. Needless to say, the tins were used for many purposes - from buckets to house cladding to anything requiring flat tin-plated steel.


The tins were loaded in bulk on ships and some of them leaked. The odd ship blew up on the way, others caught fire while unloading. Some photos show an idiot wharfie smoking!

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