Echoing current fuel shortages, our main image this week shows people queuing for petrol coupons at the Hanover Street post office in Liverpool in November 1973.
The queue was sparked by the oil embargo launched by members of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) the previous month.
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.
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.
Petrol coupons were only issued sparingly as Britain was not as badly affected as other European countries. This was due to the UK and France refusing to allow the US to use their airfields – as well as stopping arms supplies to both the Arabs and Israelis.
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 cars queuing for petrol at a garage in Maghull, Merseyside.
*Unmissable wartime images from Liverpool and the North West are included in Clive Hardy’s latest hardback book The Home Front – Britain 1939-45.
It’s available for £14.99 from inostalgia.co.uk or the order hotline 01928 503777 – or get three books for 25 per cent off in iNostalgia’s Summer special promotion.