If you're ever around Simpsonville, KY it's worth stopping by Claudia Sanders' Diner. It still cooks his original recipe, unlike KFC.
How does it compare?
McDonald's used to fry their foods in a blend of coconut oil, tallow & lard. Then the charlatans pressured them into switching their fryers to biodiesel (aka Soybean oil). Now McDonald's french fries are soggy.
I expect KFC ruined their product in a similar manner.
Granted, updates are generally infrequent, but the consistent (high) quality of the writing for over 10 years is a pretty amazing feat. Much respect for all the DI authors/contributors.
That would be a pretty good deal in the present. Inflation seems to have increased the value of $0.02 in 1925 to $0.27 in 2016. For a busy station, during a busy period, if each pump is in actual use 50% of the time, and each pump is doing 5 gallons per minute (EPA restricts it to a maximum of 10 GPM), that's 150 gallons an hour, and at $0.27 that's $40.50 an hour per pump. Not bad.
Although I'm sure there was much less gas being pumped back then, there were likely fewer pumps at a station, the pumps were probably slower, and it was much easier to offer a chunk of the profits because of less competition.
Now I really want to go and time this process :).
It is all highly variable, of course. Let me know if you ever actually test this. :)
It wasn't until the 1980's that the big oil companies began pushing the modern self-service plus convenience store model as a requirement for service station owners. When he was told to stay open late, our local Shell station sold to someone who would rather make a living selling six-packs of beer than wrenching the six pack under the hood.
Anyway, these days there's probably more profit in a dollar sixty nine big gulp and a bag of pork rinds than a tank of 87 octane and that was probably true back then. But not everyone wants to cell sugar water.
> ...spent his entire life rallying against liquor (finger lickers notwithstanding)
> like a wizard casting a poultry hex
> It was around this time that Sanders met his beloved Josephine King.
> It was around this time that Sanders met his beloved Claudia Price, a young divorced woman who lived in Corbin.
> It was around this time that Sanders met his beloved Bertha. Bertha was his nickname for his first pressure cooker, a new contraption that rapidly cooked vegetables using high temperatures and pressures.