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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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

The American Hot Rod Next up at Collector Car Showcase
Digital Journal, July 22nd

OYSTER BAY, NY--(Marketwired - July 22, 2015) - Collector Car Showcase (CCS) (www.collectorcs.com), the only museum/showcase devoted to automotive memorabilia, Petroliana, and vintage cars in the metropolitan New York area, has announced that its ...Read more

Reel Talk: 'Love & Mercy'
Kankakee Daily Journal, June 27th

The legendary Beach Boys are making a comeback in the form of a biopic film depicting the life of their creative leader, Brian Wilson. The sound of this group is iconic and synonymous with summer fun. But fun wasn't always the chorus in Wilson's life...Read more

Your Neighbor: Madison-Bouckville Promotions keeps antique legacy alive and well
Oneida Dispatch, June 1st

John Mancino is not just the president of Madison-Bouckville Promotions, but also owner of the Gallery Antiques at Pinebrick and the Outfront Showfield on Route 20 in Bouckville. The Gallery will be the site of the Petroliana Swap Meet this Friday and ...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

Collector Car Showcase Opens on LI
Business Wire (press release), January 29th

Just opened after extensive construction since summer 2013, CCS should have great appeal to avid car, Petroliana, and advertising collectors, American history buffs, and those who enjoy casual antiquing or just love unimaginable craftsmanship and...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