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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Car Culture: Automotive fun for your Easter basket
The Detroit News, March 25th

I had some great reader feedback last year regarding a column about “automobilia” and “petroliana,” the insider lingo for automotive and gas-station collectibles. For those who expressed an interest, the big semi-annual sale by Woodhaven-based Showtime ...Read more

Weekly Auction & Show Ads: Mar. 26 – June 14, 2015
Antique Trader, March 20th

Alan Egelseer Collection (cars, parts, petroliana), May 2, 2015. N4186 County Rd. E. Hustisford, Wis; The Twin Oaks Collection (petroliana, advertising signs, breweriana, coin-ops), May 16, 2015. 16257 County Rd. 65, Vining, Minn. VanDerBrink Auctions ...Read more

“Muscle Car” Exhibit Next at Collector Car Showcase
Long Island Exchange, March 20th

Filled with antique cars, collector autos, Petroliana, related memorabilia from the early 1900's thru 1970 and the advertising that promoted this on the silver screen and airwaves, Collector Car Showcase operates five days a week. Hours of operation...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

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

Swap meet features 'petroliana' and other collectibles
Radio Iowa, July 30th

These types of collectibles that revolve around gas and oil are called “petroliana” and while you might find an antique oil can for five dollars, other items are much more pricey. He says, “There is a two-sided Lincoln-Mercury neon dealer sign, 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