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'Sphinx benizin' petrol station

'Sphinx benizin' petrol station, © Photoarchive Borbaenlarge


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Object:'Sphinx benizin' petrol station
Description:View of a street corner featuring a petrol station. It is very small and consists of a circular signboard on a pole, a fuel dispenser with a long suspended fuel hose, and two large 'Mobiloil' canisters arranged side to side with two smaller fuel cans placed on top, partly hiding a bucket. The station is situated next to a run-down building with a large, faded bilingual inscription on its side wall. Behind is an empty field with a few two-wheeled carts lined up side to side. Two cars are parked on the roadside next to the station. A man is loading something into the first. A wheel is lying on the pavement next to it, and a man with a beard dressed in a coat and cap and with a cigarette in his mouth is passing between the car and the station. In the lower left foreground, a day labourer in opanci, carrying a saw and a timber jack on his shoulder, is passing by, while a woman is walking swiftly out of the frame.
Comment:The house with the inscription seems to be empty. The inscription reads 'Frizer za dame - Coiffeur pour Dames- Ivić' (Ladies’ hairdresser Ivić).
Date:Not before 1920, Not after 1940
Country:Serbia (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Type:Photographic plate
Creator:Grdijan, Svetozar (probably)
Dimensions:Negative: 90mm x 130mm
Keywords:340 Structures > 344 Public Structures
430 Exchange > 432 Buying and Selling
440 Marketing > 447 Advertising
Copyright:Photoarchive Borba
Archive:Borba fotodokumentacija, Belgrade (Collection Vreme), Inv. No.: Borba.benzinska pumpa
Editors:Milanka Matić, Nataša Mišković