Then. Shell gas station at Yonge and York Mills, circa 1955-ish, prior to the Yonge street widening. The old station here was replaced by the newer one that you can see in yesterday's 'Then' picture. 

The gasoline-buying experience as represented by these old-style stations is dying out — the bathrooms off to one side of the building, etc. You still find them in small towns but they are disappearing fast. Lack of business might be one reason. I know when my wife sees these she tells me to keep driving to the next, modernized gas station, preferring the facilities of the modern stations.

It's interesting to think of the progress of the gas-buying experience. From the curbside pumps of the 1910s and '20s to 'filling stations' (as my dad called them), to today's superstations.

Shell gas station, Yonge and York Mills, Toronto, circa 1955

Shell gas station, Yonge and York Mills, Toronto, 2012

Shell gas station, Yonge and York Mills, Toronto, circa 1955

Shell gas station, Yonge and York Mills, Toronto, 2012

Now images are all from August 2012.