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Seattle City Light: Radio Dispatched to Alki [1968]


“Come in, Truck 82…”

A Seattle City Light service truck makes a visit to a view home in Seattle’s Alki neighborhood in 1968.  The serviceman is wearing his lab coat and white service hat.  Back in the days before cellphones, he would have been sent there by a gruff-sounding dispatcher barking over the dash-mounted Motorola radio in the vehicle.  The Range Service Truck: A mid-1960s Chevrolet van – like this one – done in Utility Yellow.  In the garage: A 1959 Ford Galaxie convertible.

Built in 1954, this “Mid-Century” home design is common in neighborhoods and suburbs surrounding Seattle:


The roof line and brown on the siding in the first picture are nearly identical to my suburban house – which was built in the late 1960s.  Today that Alki house still stands, now with garage doors on the car port, and frankly still possessing a tremendous view:


And the radio-dispatched yellow van?  Most likely retired and scrapped.

1976 Toyota Corolla – You Asked For It. You Got It

Brown and Yellow: possibly the two least likely colors to be successful at selling cars.  Must not have made a difference in the 1970s though, because Toyota sold tons of these cars.  It was only recently, in fact, that I realized how long it had been since I’d seen one on the road.

This ad was from the back page of the July 1976 National Geographic.

Gas Shortage in the 1970s

Out Of Gas in Portland Oregon, 1973

In 1973 and 1979, Americans had to sit and wait for their fuel.

It’s a memory of mine, passing gas stations in the Seattle area while cars were stacked out to the street and waiting in line.  Sometimes a person could only buy two, five, or ten gallons.  The national speed limit dropped from 70mph to 50, then shifted up slightly to 55 – which nearly everyone had trouble maintaining.

10 Gallon Limit

Line Up at The Pumps, 1973

Sign of the times, 1973

Because the lines were long and time consuming, some enterprising students would “hire” themselves out to sit in line for car owners, doing homework while they waited.  And McDonald’s jumped in line too:

All photos taken by David Falconer for the Environmental Protection Agency, and are in the Public Domain.

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