Gas Pump Hideaway
I live in a rural area of NJ and am always looking or “Freestyling”, as America Pickers would say, looking for hidden vintage cars or rusty gems when Im out driving.
A little while back I took a different road home and happened to catch a glimpse of what looked to be an old gas pump.
So I circled back and sure enough there was a pretty cool stash of really interesting old pumps.
They were all sitting between an old unoccupied general store type of building and an old garage with barn wood on its outside. Both the buildings and the pumps were full of patina and made for a photographers / car guy dream subject.
I had my camera with me so I decided to knock on the door of the house next to the garage to see if I could take some photos of the pumps.
And hopefully see whats inside of the garage and general store too.
An older gentlemen answered the door and wasn’t very open to me taking any photos of his prized possessions. But I assured him I wouldn’t show what the buildings looked like or what area the pumps were in. So after some back and forth he gave me the ok.
He asked if I would be quick, which is the total opposite of what I wanted to do with these gorgeous old patina-ed relics. But I agreed and snapped away. All the while I kept talking to him, hoping to loosen him up so I could take a peak inside of the garage. I knew there had to be more in there.
After about 10 minutes or so of chatting, telling him how much I loved shooting things like this and how rare of a find these were around here, he let me look inside. But said that I couldn’t shoot anything in there.
I agreed and sure enough, there was bunch more inside the old garage.
It was dark inside so I couldn’t see very far in, but it was filled with more pumps similar to these, but even in better shape.
He said he had been collecting them for awhile and also had some cars, but he wouldn’t go any further on what they were.
I stuck my head in for a few minutes, but it was obvious that this was as far and as long as this was going to go.
So I grabbed a few more shots of the ones outside, said thanks and went on my way.
I happened to go by the place a few months later and at a quick glimpse didnt see the pumps outside anymore.
So I am guessing he either moved them inside or to another place.
It was cool while I got the chance to see them up close. Hoping I’m able to time it right and catch him outside to talk with him more.
In the meantime I only have these few photos of the experience.
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