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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OLD CAR COLUMN: Ed, I may have found your dream car!, February 7th

Just around the bend is the first annual Illinois Gateway Gas & Advertising Show, which is Feb. 17-19, at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center, in Collinsville. This promises a treasure trove of collectible petroliana and advertising — a collector...Read more

Wrestlers come to town
Lebanon Daily Record, February 4th

This swap meet will have everything Petroliana and offering all things associated with the gas and oil collector's hobby, including good advertising, nostalgia, coin op. and other related items. This is not an auto parts swap. If you're a collector or...Read more

OLD CAR COLUMN: The FIN MAN answers a loyal reader's questions, January 31st

There's exciting news for those into petroleum collectables, AKA "petroliana." The week of Feb. 14, will see two big events locally, one in Collinsville and the other in Lebanon, Mo. Don't miss the first Illinois Gateway Gas & Advertising Show on Feb...Read more

Downtime: Under the hood of landlords' car collection
RichmondBizSense, January 29th

For years, motorists have been treated to a rotating display of old cars, mannequins, petroliana and period kitsch in the front window of the old Esso station on the 6100 block of Lakeside. The Franciscos bought the building in the '90s and started...Read more

OLD CAR COLUMN: Willys wasn't Big 3, but it played a big role in the '50s, January 25th

please contact Donna Weir at 217-821-7288 ... and be sure to tell her you heard about it from The FIN MAN! From there, it's on to Lebanon, Mo., for the It's A Gas! petroliana show and swap meet on Feb. 20 (vendor set up and early bird buyers arrive...Read more

Morphy Auctions' January Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Sales Event Goes ...
PR Web (press release), January 20th

Oil cans and pumps were also key categories in this automobilia and petroliana auction. It was "can do" for lot 65, a Sinclair Opaline Motor Oil can featuring early graphics. Estimated at $2,000 - 4,000, it greased collectors' wheels to realize $7,320...Read more

OLD CAR COLUMN: TKCS-StL 2015 — The year in review, January 17th

It's hard for me to believe, but it's true ... this year will mark our 7th presenting Take A Kid To A Car Show, a program started by SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association in Diamond Bar, Calif., over three decades ago. With a pop-up tent...Read more

Vroom: Renowned Petroliana Collection for Sale
USA TODAY, October 1st

Vroom: Renowned Petroliana Collection for Sale. A vast collection of rare gasoline signs, gas pumps, gas globes, petroleum ads and other artifacts, painstakingly amassed over 40 years and widely regarded as the best of its kind, is coming up for...Read more