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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Now Available: Picker's Pocket Guide – SIGNS: How to Pick Antiques like a Pro (press release), December 22nd

It covers today's hottest collecting categories such as: Beer • Oil & Petroliana • Farm & Implement • Coca-Cola • Neon • Trade Signs • Soda Pop • Home & Garden • Food & Drink. Chapters including “Explaining Advertising Signs,” “The World's Best Signs,” ...Read more

Dad's '55 Olds Super 88 did the trick for first driving lesson, December 21st

IT'S A GAS! 2015: The 23rd Annual It's A Gas! petroliana show and swap meet is just a month away. This show has moved to a new location at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. The event is on Sat., Jan. 17, 2015 with vendor setup the day before...Read more

The final DeSoto model year? 19_ _ — you fill in the blanks, December 1st

IMPORTANT NOTICE: There's not a whole lot going on this time of year, but 2015 is just around the corner, and so, too, is the 23rd annual It's A Gas! petroliana show and swap meet. After being in the same location for the past 22 years, It's A Gas! is...Read more

PYSK: Lisa Malott-Hulett
Columbia Business Times, November 25th

If I weren't doing this for a living, I would: Like to have a shop selling antiques and reproduction automobilia, petroliana and classic cars. What people should know about this profession: You must have patience; this can be a very physical and dirty job...Read more

Collection celebrates gas stations
Columbus Dispatch, August 10th

Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana is a sentimental trip back for anyone who remembers when gas prices were less than $2 and customers were greeted by attendants who promised “service with a smile,” not automated pumps with ...Read more

Collectors Admire Antiques at Des Moines Convention, July 30th

The Iowa Gas Swap Meet's 28th annual Collector's Convention brings over 500 quality vintage gas pumps, signs, globes, cans to the Greater Des Moines Area. The “premier petroliana show”, as the group calls it, brings buyers and vendors from around the ...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

For petroliana collectors, the event of the year is It's a Gas!, 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