Curb Pumps in Cabinets
Around 1912, manufacturers began to enclose the mechanics of the curbside pumps in cabinets. The more basic cabinets covered just the necessary "workings" of the pump, while the more elaborate cabinets were the full height of the pump and often stylized. At this time, company logos began to appear on the pump, either on the cabinet itself or on a globe placed atop the pump. New improvements in gas pump technology appeared around 1918, changing the face of these early cabinet pumps.
The gas pumps below illustrate the basic cabinet. Note how it only covers a small portion of the unit.
The pumps below illustrate the more elaborate cabinets. Notice how the entire unit is encased and a globe with the company logo is placed on top. This style of pump continues to appear for several more years but with additional features. The keys to identifying these circa 1912-1918 gas pumps are the slender form and simple function.