Filling a car with 'Coalene' petrol, 1935.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of the MP Tom Williams filling a car with petrol at a garage on the Old Brompton Road in London, taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 29 November, 1935. The petrol filling the car is 'Coalene', petrol produced from coal. This garage was the first in Britain to sell Coalene. During the 1930s, Britain looked for ways to reduce dependence on imported oil. Unfortunately, producing petrol and oil from coal was too expensive without government subsidies. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.