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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Plymouth: Tim's Auctions to hold massive auction of collectibles, cars and ...
Torrington Register Citizen, January 21st

PLYMOUTH >> A breathtaking single-owner lifetime collection of vintage automobiles, petroliana items (gas station collectibles), Coca-Cola and Harley-Davidson memorabilia and many other items in various collecting categories will come up for bid on ...Read more

1971 Pontiac Grand Prix had all the whistles and bells!
STLtoday.com, January 12th

2015: It looks like the 23rd Annual It's A Gas! petroliana show and swap meet at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo., is going to be a real success. Mike and Nancy Russell, the producers, tell me the floor space is sold out! The event is on...Read more

'70 Ford Ranch Wagon had plenty of giddyup and go
STLtoday.com, January 5th

2015: The 23rd Annual It's A Gas! petroliana show and swap meet is less than two weeks away. This show has moved to a new location at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. The event is on Sat., Jan. 17, with vendor setup the day before. Call...Read more

Upgrade to a new Chrysler 200 worked out just fine
STLtoday.com, December 29th

2015: The 23rd annual It's A Gas! petroliana show and swap meet is just a month away. This show has moved to a new location at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. The event is on Sat., Jan. 17, 2015 with vendor setup the day before. Call Mike...Read more

Jo Ellis: Carthage tour includes six homes, two businesses
Joplin Globe, November 30th

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Carthage Historic Preservation is once again set to wow us with its historic homes tour starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday. Six home that have never been on previous tours and two business buildings will open doors for this event...Read more

Swap meet features 'petroliana' and other collectibles
Radio Iowa, July 30th

These types of collectibles that revolve around gas and oil are called “petroliana” and while you might find an antique oil can for five dollars, other items are much more pricey. He says, “There is a two-sided Lincoln-Mercury neon dealer sign, the...Read more

Discoveries: Mendenhall Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana
Sacramento Bee, July 27th

Years – nay, decades – of work and toil, of bargaining and barnstorming, have gone into Mendenhall's eponymous Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, which is a sentimental trip back for anyone who remembers when gas prices were under two bucks ...Read more

For petroliana collectors, the event of the year is It's a Gas!
STLtoday.com, December 22nd

That Phillips 66 poster (which I had Indox Services of St. Louis mount on Gatorfoam mounting board), is one of my all time favorite petroleum collectibles or "petroliana," as it is referred to by folks in the hobby. I found the piece a few years back...Read more