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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Primarily Petroliana

Primarily Petroliana

Jim Potts’ site for petroliana collectors, featuring image galleries and community features such as a discussion … [read review or visit site]

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Litchfield: Tim's Cabin Fever Auction takes place April 26
Torrington Register Citizen, April 23rd

The firm is always seeking quality consignments for future sales, especially lifetime personal collections built over many years, petroliana, gasoline, advertising, country store, Harley Davidson or Indian motorcycle, vintage cars, or complete or...Read more

Auction Calendar
Farmers Advance, April 22nd

Real estate, farm machinery, tractors, tools, lawn & garden, firearms, boats, anqtiques, petroliana, advertising signs, boat motors, collectibles. For Info: John Peck Auctions 989-426-8061 (04/22). 10 AM- HEMLOCK, MI. Tractors, golf course equipment...Read more

Auto world comes to Buellton for Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame ceremony
Lompoc Record, April 14th

Mendenhall's Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana in Buellton is an auto lover's dream, with thousands of pieces of memorabilia on display. It is also the home of the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame, and on April 18, Mendenhall's will host the Dry Lakes ...Read more

Absentee Advertising Auction
Maine Antique Digest, April 9th

“Oil and car guys are more forgiving,” said Morford. “There's nobody more anal and condition-conscious than celluloid guys.” There were some key items for both those groups in the auction. The best of the petroliana, a segment of the market that...Read more

Tin signs, music box, & more
Wilson County News, April 1st

Q: When I was a teenager in Tennessee, I began collecting older signs, especially ones that were on tin and pre-dated World War II. I currently have about 50 vintage signs, and I wonder if you can recommend a price guide. -- Stan, Chesterfield, Missouri...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

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

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