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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Classic cars and memorabilia at Oyster Bay musuem
Newsday, February 23rd

In Oyster Bay, David Jacobson has opened a museum of collectible cars that features more than 15 unique cars on display, along with antique signs and other automotive memorabilia. The museum also has a car wash and offers car detailing. (Credit: Jessie ...Read more

Signs of the times
Mason City Globe Gazette, February 22nd

OSAGE | Auctioneer Frank Fox did not have to worry about bringing people to his Farm Memorabilia, Petroliana, Toy and Sign Consignment Auction on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Cedar River Complex Events Center in Osage. Prior to the sale his phone was ...Read more

Gearing up for National Button Week March 15-21
Antique Trader, February 19th

About Toni Rahn. Antoinette (Toni) Rahn is the online editor and content manager for Antique Trader. She has a penchant for collecting petroliana, vintage advertising items, Irish collectibles and general Americana. She lives in Wisconsin with her...Read more

Collector car showcase opens on Long Island
Charleston Post Courier, February 13th

Just opened after extensive construction since summer 2013, the collector showcase should have great appeal to avid car, petroliana, and advertising collectors, American history buffs, and those who enjoy casual antiquing or love craftsmanship and...Read more

Petroliana reminds of simpler times
Greensburg Daily News, February 4th

Petroliana reminds us of a simpler time. Cruising the main drag on a Saturday night on 75 cents worth of gas, road trips with the family and the thrill of getting our first car (junker though it may have been) are all memories that come flooding back...Read more

Petroliana is growing quickly
The Rushville Republican, February 3rd

Cruising the main drag on a Saturday night on 75 cents worth of gas, road trips with the family and the thrill of getting our first car {junker though it may have been} are all memories that come flooding back when we surround ourselves with Petroliana...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

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