Item No: pdch00322
Title: Aerials, gas shortage
Historic Street Address:
46th & Chestnut Streets
Print and Picture Collection
Image taken by Philadelphia Evening Bulletin photographer Charles T. Higgins. Notes on the negative's envelope read: "Aerials, Feb. 23, 1974; gas shortage, cars lined up around block, 46th and Chestnut"
This February 23, 1874, image shows an aerial view of cars lined up around the block for gasoline, during the gas shortage of 1973-1974. Due to an oil embargo in the Middle East, suppliers chose to reduce their shipments, rather than raise prices. This resulted in reduced hours at the gas stations and shortages at the pump. This photograph was taken during the worst period of the crisis.
Higgins, Charles - Photographer