I look at those pictures again and I guess a lot depends on when a given station switched from 'full service' to 'self serve'. I don't think the cigs would be outside if the station was was self serve. That doesn't mean the boxes on the light poles still wouldn't be there. In the picture of the girl filling her Fiat 850, you can still see the bell ringer hose running from the pumps like a full service station.
I got my license in 1980 and a few friends worked at full service stations while in high school. Two service bays and open until 10PM. A friend of mine worked at a Mobil station in Grosse Pointe, MI and along with the bright white exterior, I remember the counter in the office, the oil cans, the candy machine, the cigarette machine, the old 'slider' credit card 'machine' with carbon copy slips, gumball machines and road maps. I like seeing the changes in culture from one time to another. This is one of the reasons I like this build so much.
Edited by Swifster, 28 October 2011 - 07:10 AM.