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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Carousel Fails to Sell at Auction
Maine Antique Digest, August 28th

Also on the block were petroliana, automobilia, McDonald's and Coca-Cola memorabilia, and assorted rides, games, and other items. The auction was a first for Mecum, said Dan Mecum, as the company usually sells cars, motorcycles, and tractors at 12 to...Read more

Collectors from Across the World Gather in Des Moines for Gas Swap Meet
whotv.com, August 6th

“I buy and sell a lot of the old advertising in gas and petroliana stuff, just because it's cool to hang on the wall and give a nice pop of color into a room,” said Zane Hehnke of Winterset. “And it just brings back memories of what a simpler time was...Read more

Morphy's Awarded Right to Auction Legendary Kyle D. Moore Collection of Gas ...
PR Newswire (press release), August 3rd

3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, announced today that his firm has been chosen to auction the prestigious Kyle D. Moore petroliana collection, now owned by a private investor. According to Morphy, it is the ...Read more

Petroliana, Vintage Signs, Toys, Extensive Collection of Decorative Porcelian ...
Benzinga, July 29th

A 1956 Mercury Montclair Phaeton previously shown by Bob Leslie of Lexington, Massachusetts, along with his extensive collection of vintage signs, oil cans, gas pumps and hood ornaments will feature at Kaminski's August 9th auction. The sale will also ...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

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

He may not self-identify as a philosopher, being a proud gearhead and gas-station grease monkey at heart, but Mark Mendenhall was nothing if not profound when he looked around and took stock of all he surveyed. “You can have 4,000 signs,” he said, ...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