Petroliana, or antiques related to gas stations and the oil business, is a collecting area focused on advertising, with key subcategories being gas pumps, gas pump globes, oil cans, road maps, signs, and major names like Mobil, Texaco, Standard Oil, Phillips 66, Shell, Sinclair, and Esso.
In the early days of automobile travel, service stations were unfamiliar and often poorly lit at night. So lighted gas pump globes and other oil company signage were key to reassuring and drawing in motorists. And since pumping gas was a new experience, early pumps allowed motorists to see if the gasoline was clean (through a small glass window), and later to watch the price as the gas was pumped (a major innovation).
Collectors also seek items associated with regional oil company brands like Signal, Gilmore, and Wilshire. Not to mention an endless variety of giveaway promotional items like ice scrapers and plastic 'lollipop' thermometers featuring the names of these bygone oil and gas companies and service stations.
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On the Road: Vintage two-wheelers offer a ride through timeDriving, July 18th
A massive collection of petroliana and automobilia, it's worth the price of admission alone. “Gasoline Alley is a diamond in our treasure chest,” Heritage Park's Morris says, and adds, “Riding Through Time is a new gem in the chest.” For more...Read more
Private viewProspect, July 8th
There was even a show on the theme of oil—”Petroliana.” These were the kind of critical works exhibited by collector Marat Guelman, whose gallery was recently ransacked by Putin's heavies. Our trip was funded by a new company, backed by a group of ...Read more
The Seasoned Collector: Fair winners in Pleasanton; 'Roadshow' reportContra Costa Times, June 25th
Other display cases protected some amazing collections such as old kitchen gadgets, items saluting Lake Tahoe, some stellar Disney souvenirs and a large array of Mobil Oil collectibles referred to as "petroliana" by those in the know. Check it out for...Read more