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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An Album, Middle-Age, and Craft AleSanta Barbara Independent, April 16th
while you drink it, and then having a bottle as a memento to hold onto?” By Paul Wellman. COOL KIDS: The members of Buellton posed in a car inside of Jack Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, which is located in the City of Buellton...Read more
'American Pickers' heads to New England; 2 'Honey Holes' seen on History ...Examiner.com, April 9th
The upcoming episode is once again mind-blowing as a collection of vintage petroliana in Massachusetts is discovered. Frank breaks a sweat and he almost breaks the bank when he uncovers the holy grail of oil cans. This collection is eye popping and ...Read more
'American Idol,' 'American Pickers' on tap tonightNew Philadelphia Times Reporter, April 9th
Tonight, Mike and Frank check out a collection of vintage petroliana in Massachusetts, and visit a mammoth Newport mansion. • A new episode of “Down East Dickering” follows at 10 p.m. on the History Channel (cable Channel 223). Tonight, Tony has to ...Read more