We’re excited to announce that in conjunction with our publishing partner Gannett, we’ve added 13 more papers from five states to our archives! These papers date back to 1910 and chronicle more than a century of local, national, and international news. Our new papers come from:
San Angelo, Texas
San Angelo Standard-Times 1928-2022
San Angelo Evening Standard 1911-1959
The San Angelo Weekly Standard 1910-1971
San Angelo Morning Times 1928-1939
Ventura County Star 1925-2022
Morning Free Press 1925-1937
The Ventura Weekly Post 1926-1938
With soaring gas prices making headlines today, we thought it might be fun to peek through these newly added newspapers to see how they reported on gas prices over the years.
1929: 12 cents per gallon
In 1929, the San Angelo Standard-Times published an article lamenting the gas prices across the nation that ranged from 12 cents a gallon to 24.5 cents a gallon. Using an inflation calculator, that equates to $2.03 – $4.06 per gallon today.
1937: 18.5 cents per gallon
The Ventura County Star noted in 1937 that gas prices in Ventura were 18.5 cents per gallon ($3.61 per gallon in today’s dollars), and between 330-437 gallons of gasoline were sold every month in the county. At the time, the Studebaker averaged 16.26 miles per gallon. As more Ventura County families purchased cars, new gas stations sprang up around town. The Morning Free Press reported on a resourceful businessman who installed three gas pumps in his front yard.
1945: 21 cents per gallon
During WWII, gas rationing meant that consumers needed coupons to purchase gas, and it was only available in limited quantities. An article printed in the Anderson Independent-Mail in August 1945 cheered the end of gas rationing, noting that the average price was about 21 cents a gallon ($3.37 today).
1974: 41.9 cents per gallon
Amidst the oil crisis in the 1970s, consumers faced long lines at the gas pumps with fuel shortages and high prices. In April 1974, The Naples Daily News reported that gas was still below 50 cents in many markets and as low as 41.9 cents per gallon, despite soaring prices. That equates to $2.46 in today’s dollars.
1995: $2.05 per gallon
The 1990s saw the lowest gas prices in decades. In December 1995, The Stuart News reported low gas prices averaged $1.08 per gallon. With inflation, that is just $2.05 in today’s dollars.
2005: $2.25 per gallon
In 2005, the cost of gas in Bremerton, Washington, was $2.25 per gallon. That equates to $3.33 in today’s dollars. By 2008, the Kitsap Sun reported that the average cost of gas had risen to $4.09 per gallon, which is equivalent to $5.49 per gallon today. Consumers found ways to cut their dependence on gas by ridesharing, relying on public transportation, or commuting by bicycle.
2014: $2.90 per gallon
The Naples Daily News reported that the national average for gas was hovering around $2.90 per gallon ($3.54 per gallon today with inflation), but prices were trending downward.
2022: $4.59 per gallon
Though gas prices fluctuate each day, higher prices are squeezing family budgets. Last month, the Anderson Independent-Mail reported that gas prices were up more than $1.30 per gallon from the same time last year.
How are higher gas pricings impacting your life? Learn more about a wide variety of historical topics, people, and places, by searching this new collection of papers available today at Newspapers.com™.