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Air pumps and Oil pumps

The evolution of the fixed tire pump is in some ways parallel to that of the gasoline pump.

Those from the Twenties have a distinctly vertical orientation which recalls the idea of the column or the pilastrino. Later on, their height was modified and they borrowed a bit of the gas pump’s modeling and ornament.

Finally, in the post-war years, they assumed more austere forms.

The mobile air pumps, though sharing the same function, have a far broader range of both kind and quality.

Perhaps less esthetically self-conscious, but not without formal dignity are the pumps for dispensing oil.

The rest form a motley line, from the bulkiest contraptions to the smallest gadgets: oilcans, sprayers, oil spouts, funnels, burners, gauges…