In the 50's - 60's I remember on several occasions family members (1 time my mother in her nightgown in the morning returning from driving me to high school with charts) running out of gas. Walking to the gas station and paying $5.00 refundable deposit for a rectangular sheetmetal 1 gallon can (same type we would get paint thinner (mineral spirits) in. Sometimes with a spout, sometimes without. Walk back to the car with a gallon of gas. If no spout about half would spill onto the ground. Drive to the gas station and return can and get deposit back in cash or gas. My dad would drive across the street to another station to purchase gas for 1 cent per gallon less! $0.34 instead of $0.35 per gallon. If there happened to be a "gas war" occurring it dropped to $0.30 per gallon.
Back in the day I ran out of gas coming home from duck hunting. The stores can didn’t have a spout so I took the barrel off my shotgun and used it. That gasoline cleaned the barrel up real nice!