Past Meeting

Bart Van Valkenburgh

Local Gas Stations and Auto Repair on the Upper Main Line

by Bart Van Valkenburgh

With a 1950 Buick in the foreground, four members of the DiAntonio family proudly stand in front of their service station in Devon on Route 30 at its intersection with Old Lancaster Road. Photo courtesy of Bart Van Valkenburgh

Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society member and automotive expert Bart Van Valkenburgh took us on an entertaining tour of almost 100 years of local family-owned gasoline service stations from Strafford to Malvern.

His research began with access to the family photos of the DiAntonio Family and their three generations of automotive repair technicians. Bart expanded this research using the archives of the Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society, and interviews with several descendants of other families that supplied Main Liners with gasoline and repairs for their automobiles. The photos shown extend from 1920 to the present, and follow the evolution of “The Service Station” and the changes of the major oil companies.

The audience was encouraged to buckle their seat belts, enjoy the ride, and remember the days of “Happy Motoring”

This presentation was held at the Easttown Library & Information Center in Berwyn, PA on Sunday 18 March 2018, starting at 2 pm.


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