Poor Dog Waiting in Line For Gas Rations

I saw this photo and I had to share it. This is a photo from June 21st, 1942. We were in the early days of World War II and in the middle of rationing. This poor pup was sitting with his owner waiting through long gas lines the day before strict rationing went into effect. I’m sure it was exceedingly uncomfortable and hot that summer in Washington.

Washington, D.C. Passengers, drivers, and dogs were tired by the time they reached the gas pumps on the day before stricter gasoline rationing went into effect
Washington, D.C. Passengers, drivers, and dogs were tired by the time they reached the gas pumps on the day before stricter gasoline rationing went into effect

Source: Library of Congress

Here are some more photos from the same series.

Washington, D.C. At 7 a.m. on June 21st, the day before stricter gas rationing was enforced, cars were pouring into this gas station on upper Wisconsin
Washington, D.C. At 7 a.m. on June 21st, the day before stricter gas rationing was enforced, cars were pouring into this gas station on upper Wisconsin
Washington, D.C. Even the oldest jalopies were out to have their tanks filled on the day before stricter gasoline rationing went into effect
Washington, D.C. Even the oldest jalopies were out to have their tanks filled on the day before stricter gasoline rationing went into effect
Washington, D.C. This sign appeared at one upper Wisconsin Avenue gas station by 8:30 a.m.
Washington, D.C. This sign appeared at one upper Wisconsin Avenue gas station by 8:30 a.m.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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