Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks, buildings and events from bygone days with today.

As fuel shortages rumble on in Manchester, we couldn’t resist this marvellous image from October 1959 showing a young boy taking his dog for a drink at a local petrol station.

The sign urges dogs to fill up with fresh water while motorists put petrol and diesel into their cars.

It was certainly an offer that young Peter Monkhouse and his puppy Snook couldn’t refuse.

Petrol rationing had been in full force during World War II and only came to an end in 1950. It was introduced again briefly in 1956 due to the Suez Crisis.

In 1973, a fuel embargo was launched by members of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Led by Saudi Arabia, the ban was imposed on nations thought to have supported Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, also called the Fourth Arab-Israeli War.

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Merseyside - fuel shortage at the petrol pumps. 24th September 2021
The UK, along with Canada, Japan, the United States and the Netherlands, was one of the original nations targeted by the embargo which lasted until March 1974.

By that time, the price of oil had rocketed nearly 300 per cent from three US dollars a barrel to 12. Flying, driving and boating on Sundays were all banned in the UK to conserve supplies.

There were further fuel shortages six years later in 1979 when oil production dropped as a result of the Iranian Revolution.

Our modern image, from just a few days ago, shows the familiar sight of empty pumps in the North West.

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