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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Express Auctioneers to Manage Annual Collector Car Auction in May 2014DigitalJournal.com, March 10th
In the past years Express Auctioneers has offered prior to the start of the car auction road art and petroliana collections. Scheduled to appear at the event is Mike Henry (Horny Mike) from Counting Cars, McKenzie Phillips and Paul LeMat from the movie ...Read more
1891 Coca-Cola calendar, possibly the only one in existence, will be sold at ...EcommWire (press release), February 28th
The automobilia and petroliana offerings will include a rare pair of “Purple Flash” gas globe signs (15 inches in diameter), and a group of automotive oil cans and automotive decals. The Black Americana will feature porcelain figurines, nodders...Read more