NewsNation

1970s gas shortage

Leon Mill makes a sign outside his Phillips

Leon Mill makes a sign outside his Phillips 66 station in Perkasie, Pa., to let his customers know he is out of gas. (June 1, 1973) Photo Credit: AP

A look at images during the 1970s gas shortage

At a Merit station on Main Street in
Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

At a Merit station on Main Street in Flushing, a sign says the New York City Fire Department does not permit the dispensing of gasoline into cans. (June 29, 1979)

The station is open but the gas pumps
Photo Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress

The station is open but the gas pumps are closed, according to a sign displayed at a station on Middle Country Road in Lake Grove. (June 28, 1979)

An old car props up the order of
Photo Credit: Newsday

An old car props up the order of the day while the pumps in background remain dormant at the Texaco station on Stewart Avenue in the the Roosevlet Field Shopping Center in Garden City. (June 25, 1979)

Mark Zweingenhaft of Island Park pushes his car
Photo Credit: Newsday

Mark Zweingenhaft of Island Park pushes his car to the pumps and walks the family dog, Sonny, at the same time. (June 24, 1979)

George Fernandez, manager of the gas station on
Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles

George Fernandez, manager of the gas station on Grand Central Parkway near 168th Street, tells people to keep moving as the station has been closed for today. (June 24, 1979)

Motorists line up for gas at the Mobile
Photo Credit: Newsday / Dan Neville

Motorists line up for gas at the Mobile station at 164th Street and Union Turnpike in Flushing. The line was two blocks long and counting. (June 19, 1979)

An attendant pumps gas at the OK Petroleum
Photo Credit: Newsday / Bob Luckey

An attendant pumps gas at the OK Petroleum station on Little East Neck Road and Amsterdam Avenue in West Babylon. (June 19, 1979)

Robert Brewster, right, of New Hyde Park gets
Photo Credit: Newsday

Robert Brewster, right, of New Hyde Park gets his gas-powered wheelchair filled up by attendant Mike Frittola at the Amoco station on South 4th Street and Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park. Brewster had to wait in line just like every other motorist. (June 19, 1979)

A woman tries to push her car into
Photo Credit: Newsday

A woman tries to push her car into one of the lines after it ran out of gas in front of the station on Oceanside Road and Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre. (June 19, 1979)

Motorists get out of their cars on Northern
Photo Credit: Newsday / Dan Neville

Motorists get out of their cars on Northern Boulevard in Flushing as they wait for up to two hours before the Shell station opens at 3 p.m. Police had to be called to help cars that were parked at the curb break through the line. (June 18, 1979)

Cars line up for gas at Power Test
Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas R. Koeniges

Cars line up for gas at Power Test station on Church Street in Ronkonkoma. (June 18, 1979)

Howie Mintz of Howard Beach pushes his car
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler

Howie Mintz of Howard Beach pushes his car toward a distant Amoco station on Sunrise Highway in Valley Stream as his girlfriend steers. Mintz is the 44th car of 47 in line to get gas. (June 14, 1979)

Motorists line up on Friday evening to get
Photo Credit: Newsday

Motorists line up on Friday evening to get gas for the weekend, as most stations will close early tomorrow. Precious gas spills out of a tank as a weary attendant is caught unaware and the pump didn't shut off automatically. (June 8, 1979)

A queue at a gas at a station
Photo Credit: Newsday / Dan Neville

A queue at a gas at a station on Grand Central Parkway near the 111th Street exit; the gas allotment runs out at the end of the month. (May 31, 1979)

A line of cars getting gas at the
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler

A line of cars getting gas at the station on Grand Central Parkway in Jamaica Estates. (May 26, 1979)

Cars line up at the Exxon station on
Photo Credit: Newsday / Naomi Lasdon

Cars line up at the Exxon station on the corner of Willis Avenue and Northern Boulevard in Roslyn. (May 25, 1979)

The Mobil station on Woodhaven Boulevard and Dry
Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

The Mobil station on Woodhaven Boulevard and Dry Harbor Road in Rego Park was closed and displayed a “no gas” sign. (May 24, 1979)

At a Merit gas station on Hempstead Turnpike
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler

At a Merit gas station on Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead, cars line up to get gasoline. (May 24, 1979)

The Mobil station on Queens Boulevard in Forest
Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles

The Mobil station on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills posted a sign that it has no gas. (May 13, 1979)

The Jolly Twins Sunoco station on Kissena Boulevard
Photo Credit: Newsday / Dan Neville

The Jolly Twins Sunoco station on Kissena Boulevard in Flushing posts a sign announcing that it has plenty of gas. (April 1, 1979)

The first cars on line gassing up at
Photo Credit: Newsday / Bob Luckey

The first cars on line gassing up at Hess station on Route 110 in Port Jefferson. (Feb. 21, 1974)

The Getty station on Davison Avenue in Oceanside
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler

The Getty station on Davison Avenue in Oceanside gets fuel from a tank truck as cars wait in background to get gas. (Feb. 16, 1974)

A tank truck operator pumps fuel into Getty
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler

A tank truck operator pumps fuel into Getty station tanks. The car in the background is at the head of a long line that is waiting for gas to be sold. (Feb. 16, 1974)

Cars are lined up all through Roosevelt Field
Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Yarwood

Cars are lined up all through Roosevelt Field waiting to get gas at the Cardace Mobil station. (Feb. 8, 1974)

Christian Huber stands by a gas pump at
Photo Credit: Newsday / Walter del Toro

Christian Huber stands by a gas pump at the Husta Exxon station in Smithtown during the gas shortage. (Feb. 5, 1974)

The American Oil station in Smithtown tells customers
Photo Credit: Newsday / Walter del Toro

The American Oil station in Smithtown tells customers it's out of gas. (Feb. 5, 1974)

Cars line up at the Mobile station at
Photo Credit: Newsday / John H. Cornell Jr.

Cars line up at the Mobile station at Prime and New York avenues in Halesite. (Jan. 25, 1974)

Cars line up in two directions at a
Photo Credit: AP

Cars line up in two directions at a gas station in Manhattan. (Dec. 23, 1973)

Motorists line up at a Northern California gas
Photo Credit: AP

Motorists line up at a Northern California gas station. (Sept. 21, 1973)

Dade County, Fla., motorists form a long line
Photo Credit: AP

Dade County, Fla., motorists form a long line at a gas station in Miami. (Dec. 29, 1973)

Cars line up at a Washington, D.C., service
Photo Credit: AP

Cars line up at a Washington, D.C., service station. (Dec. 1, 1973)

With Northern California service station operators threatening to
Photo Credit: AP

With Northern California service station operators threatening to shut down over the weekend to protest gas price restrictions, scenes like this one in Martinez, Calif., were common as motorists rushed to fill their gas tanks. (Sept. 21, 1973)

Leon Mill makes a sign outside his Phillips
Photo Credit: AP

Leon Mill makes a sign outside his Phillips 66 station in Perkasie, Pa., to let his customers know he is out of gas. (June 1, 1973)

A closed gas station during the 1973 gas
Photo Credit: AP

A closed gas station during the 1973 gas crisis.

News Photos and Videos

By using this site, you agree to our Privacy policy.

OK