Story: Cars and the motor industry
These 1940s electric petrol pumps, or ‘palometers’, advertise the brand of petrol that they hold. These were made in New Zealand and were designed by Estonian immigrant Karl Pallo in the 1930s. Petrol pumps, also known as bowsers, were first introduced in the early 1920s. Prior to this petrol had been sold in four-gallon tins (around 18-litres), with two tins in a case.
About this item
Private collection, Pallo Collection