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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Petromobilia Switzerland

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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

Vroom: Famed collection of gas signs, pumps to be auctioned
The Olympian, October 1st

The pump will be among hundreds of gasoline advertising signs, gas-station pumps, gas globes and other pieces of petroliana and automobilia to be sold at auction next week at the auction during October 2015 at the auction house in Denver, Pa. Morphy ...Read more

Auto lender fined $48 million for deceiving customers
WNCT, October 1st

Vroom: Famed collection of gas signs, pumps to be auctioned. Updated: 1 min ago. DENVER, Pa. (AP) — In the world of petroliana and automobilia, Kyle D. Moore's name carries a kind of mystique, his vast collection of vinta…...Read more

PICTURES: Historic motoring memorabilia from Devon museum to be auctioned off
Western Morning News, September 25th

Motoring Memories housed hundreds of items of automobilia and petroliana, predominantly from the 1920s and 1930s. These include vintage petrol pumps, advertising materials and packaging, rare enamel signs and Sid's Motor Works – a replica of a 1930s ...Read more

Old Virginia stoneware jugs by Lowndes, Schermerhorn will be part of Tom's ...
ArtfixDaily, September 24th

The petroliana collectibles (gas and oil) will feature a Pure Oil gas pump in fine condition; a Phillips 66 Ethel Fuel globe (complete, circa 1930s); a very rare and unusual American Gas pump; a Mobil Paint (yes, Mobil made paint at one time, in...Read more

Pen in Hand: The nostalgic world of Harold Cox
Tehachapi News, September 18th

With two vintage gasoline pumps and a host of petroliana — items associated with gas, oil and the early automotive era — the multi-skilled collector Harold decided that what they needed was their own vintage 1920s style gas station, so he built one...Read more

Petroliana, Vintage Signs, Toys, Extensive Collection of Decorative Porcelian ...
PR Web (press release), 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