Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chestnut Street Garage, Winter in Erie PA

Chestnut Street Garage photo courtesy of Tom DiLuzio.
The Chestnut Street Garage, located at 1711 Chestnut Street in Erie, PA had a unique feature...two curbside globe gas pumps. The City of Erie banned these pumps many, many years ago because some of them had gas tanks right under the street. About the only time you see those vintage pumps anymore is on an episode of American Pickers.

An alley ran parallel to the gas station, and led to the automobile garage to the east of the gas station. The red brick building on the left is now occupied by Dobrich Electric. 

The two small houses to the right have since been demolished. Arthur Young lived at 1715 Chestnut St. in the 1920s. Frederick Reymore lived at 1717 Chestnut St. in the 1920s. The two-story building to the right of the two small houses was on the northeast corner of 18th and Chestnut. The second-floor apartments had an address of 1721 Chestnut Street and the businesses that fronted Eighteenth Street had an address of 364 West 18th St., 362 West 18th St. and 360 West 18th St.

This winter street scene of Little Italy in Erie, PA was probably taken in 1938, based on the globe gas pumps and the cars. Plus, Joseph Ferraro, who lived right near where this photo was taken, very likely took this picture.

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