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View Poll Results: Lowest USA Gas Price/Gal You've Ever Seen (exclude radio station promotions etc.)?
less than 10 /gal 4 6.67%
10-12 /gal 2 3.33%
13-14 /gal 0 0%
15-16 /gal 2 3.33%
17-18 /gal 4 6.67%
19-20 /gal 14 23.33%
21-22 /gal 2 3.33%
23-24 /gal 4 6.67%
25-26 /gal 8 13.33%
27-28 /gal 4 6.67%
29-30 /gal 5 8.33%
more than 30 /gal 11 18.33%
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:39 AM   #21
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I remember paying around 30 cents in 1972. DW pumped gas at her first job when it was 25 cents in 1971.
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:11 PM   #22
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I recall paying 17 cents a gallon in 1962 during a "gas war" in Tampa when I was in HS. That price was a reduction from the regular 20 cents/gallon. Hard to believe, I know, but it's all true.
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When I was a kid in the late 50's I remember it was typically 25-28 cents but when there was a gas war I remember 21 or 23 cents! I also remember getting free drinking glasses and especially Sinclair dinosaurs, a green brontosaurs! From '68 (when I started to drive) to October '73 it was 29 to 32 cents, 33 cents was expensive and I'd look elsewhere. There was a station in town that sold it for 38 cents and I never could understand why anyone would go there but some people did.
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I still catch myself avoiding one station and patronising another that has gas a few cents lower. Even a dime lower is only $1.50/fill up, which isn't even half a gallon. I fill up probably ever other week, so 26 fill ups/year is about $40. Less than 1 fill up a year to pull across traffic or go around the block to buy cheaper gas. But the practice is ingrained into my cheap little soul. I don't think I'll ever change.
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Actually its an interesting fact that the gas price in 1920 according to a letter written by my grandfather was also about .20/gallon. I recall in 1972 getting to Ca and 22.9 was the price then.
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The lowest I ever paid was 19.9/gallon. The range I remember that was common in the '60s was 23.9 to 27.9. I use to have a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite that had a 6.6 gallon tank. Since I never let it get lower than a 1/4 tank, it usually cost me only a little more than $1 to fill it up. I wish I could say that about my diesel 4x4 with a 35 gallon tank.
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I don't remember paying much attention to it until I had to start paying for it in 1967-68 when I bought a car. Then I remember it being in the low .30's/gal.

Before that I had a Yamaha 100cc motorcycle and I didn't pay any attention to gas prices because it used so little. Filling the tank on that was almost literally pocket change.
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Actually its an interesting fact that the gas price in 1920 according to a letter written by my grandfather was also about .20/gallon. I recall in 1972 getting to Ca and 22.9 was the price then.
This post reminded me of the days when the 10th of a cent gasoline didn't exist. Anyone remember when that started? I don't remember it being around when I started driving in 1952. Perhaps in the sixties. Maybe someone recalls when that happened.
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Your chart shows that in '71 when I bought gas for $.219 the average national price $.36. Pretty significant difference. I now prices can fluctuate pretty widely, but that's like 35%. I swear I remember buying the gas at that price, but...maybe I need to start taking some tumeric.
Nah, you don't need any tumeric. Those are just averages and like today, there were probably some pretty big geographic differences.

Aside from price, the other thing I remember that I'd like to forget was the arab oil embargo and the gas lines that caused. I guess one of these days we may learn our lesson and get off of foreign oil (not)
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