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A 1970’s Time Capsule

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The Energy Crisis

Leon Mill spray-paints a sign outside his Phillips 66 station in Perkasie, Pa., in 1973 to let his customers know he's out of gas. An oil crisis was the culprit, squeezing U.S. businesses and consumers who were forced to line up for hours at gas stations.

Leon Mill spray-paints a sign outside his Phillips 66 station in Perkasie, Pa., in 1973 to let his customers know he’s out of gas. An oil crisis was the culprit, squeezing U.S. businesses and consumers who were forced to line up for hours at gas stations.

The 1970s energy crisis was a period when the major industrial countries of the world, particularly the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, faced substantial petroleum shortages, real and perceived, as well as elevated prices.

By the early 1970s, domestic oil production was declining but the American oil consumption of gasoline and other products was rising.  The result was an increasing dependence on oil imported from abroad. Despite this, Americans worried little about a dwindling supply or a spike in prices, and were encouraged in this attitude by policymakers in Washington, who believed that Arab oil exporters couldn’t afford to lose the revenue from the U.S. market. These assumptions were demolished in 1973, when an oil embargo imposed by members of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) led to fuel shortages and sky-high prices throughout much of the decade.

 

On Dec. 23, 1973, cars lined up in two directions at a gas station in New York City.

On Dec. 23, 1973, cars lined up in two directions at a gas station in New York City.

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To lighten the mood a little.

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17 responses

  1. Great post. Not sure we’re any better off today than we were then. https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/

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  2. GP Cox says:

    Oh, do I remember this quite well enough!!! :/

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  3. thekaty says:

    Great photos!

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  4. rolandclarke says:

    I remember the crisis here in the UK – queues everywhere. Threat is still there. Hybrid and electric are late acceptances. 😦

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  5. artistpath says:

    I remember waiting in those lines at the gas station with my parents! Great images.

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  6. Ah yes. The energy crisis. My husband and I car-pooled with me dropping off and picking up. Not a fun time and yet I feel we have learned nothing from it.

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  7. Liam says:

    I remember waiting in gas lines when I was a kid and the gas station operator putting a sign on the back of our car saying we were last for the day.

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