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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Fine Books & Collections Magazine, November 25th

Morphy's team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative...Read more

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Robb Report, November 24th

Get Pumped. An ongoing series of auctions is cause for excitement among petroliana collectors. Kyle Moore owned... The Sound of Silence. The Gift: ? Wider's new 150-foot superyacht. ? About $30 million An evolution of the indoor-outdoor... Space Explorer...Read more

By: CCFS auction analyst Richard Hudson-Evans
Classic Cars for Sale, November 6th

The 45 sellers fetched £439,825 with premium in the final session of a three-day sale, during which £750,000 was spent on collector vehicles, both cars and bikes, automobilia, petroliana and spares. The going was much stickier last Tuesday 27 October...Read more

Vroom: Famed collection of gas signs, pumps to be auctioned
Allentown Morning Call, October 1st

(AP) — In the world of petroliana and automobilia, Kyle D. Moore's name carries a kind of mystique, his vast collection of vintage gasoline signs, gas-station pumps, gas globes, petroleum ads and other artifacts painstakingly amassed over 40 years and...Read more

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

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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

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