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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Memorial Day parades, events planned
Lima Ohio, May 21st

10 a.m. Mount Victory Memorial Day Antique Car Show & Petroliana Swap Meet, Mount Victory. 10:30 a.m.: Memorial Day Parade, Main and Perry streets, Ottawa. 11 a.m.: Rockport United Methodist Church Memorial Day service, 5505 Rockport Road, ...Read more

Mount Victory to host car show, swap meet
Mansfield News Journal, May 15th

MOUNT VICTORY – The Mount Victory Community Improvement Association will host its 31st annual Memorial Day Antique Car Show and Petroliana Swap Meet on May 25. There will be activities, a non-judged car show, display of gas, oil and automotive ...Read more

Satisfaction guaranteed with the Kia Pro_Cee'd GT
MidLothian Advertiser, May 7th

Happily, the pro_cee'd is as smoking hot as it looks and guarantees driving satisfaction every trip, if you have red blood in your veins and a love of all things petroliana. That's what is at the heart of the beast – a surging, full- revving, direct...Read more

Rare antique Peters Ammunition poster with imposing bear graphic claws its ...
ArtfixDaily, April 26th

Also featured will be large collections of gambling, petroliana and country store, plus a huge barber shop collection with many rarities. Showtime Auction Services is based in Woodhaven, Mich. The firm is always accepting quality items for future sales...Read more

Litchfield: Tim's Cabin Fever Auction takes place April 26
Torrington Register Citizen, April 23rd

The firm is always seeking quality consignments for future sales, especially lifetime personal collections built over many years, petroliana, gasoline, advertising, country store, Harley Davidson or Indian motorcycle, vintage cars, or complete or...Read more

A slice of Americana: Mason Dixon Gas Automobilia & Petroliana swap meet
Frederick News Post (subscription), March 11th

“That's basically what I do,” said Elza, one of the organizers for the 18th annual Mason-Dixon Gas Automobilia & Petroliana swap meet, coming to the Frederick Fairgrounds on March 14. “I've been doing it a lot longer than them. I just wasn't smart...Read more

Petroliana reminds of simpler times
Greensburg Daily News, February 4th

Petroliana reminds us of a simpler time. Cruising the main drag on a Saturday night on 75 cents worth of gas, road trips with the family and the thrill of getting our first car (junker though it may have been) are all memories that come flooding back...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