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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Primarily Petroliana

Primarily Petroliana

Jim Potts’ site for petroliana collectors, featuring image galleries and community features such as a discussion … [read review or visit site]

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Petromobilia Switzerland

Petromobilia Switzerland

Alex Wyler’s site is mostly in German, but the collection and images speak for themselves. You’ll find old gas … [read review or visit site]

Falvo Collectables Gallery

Falvo Collectables Gallery

Ralph and Carol Falvo's excellent collection of automobiles, petroliana, jukeboxes, soda, and general store items. … [read review or visit site]

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On the Road: Vintage two-wheelers offer a ride through time
Driving, 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 view
Prospect, 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' report
Contra 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