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    Posted 3 years ago

    Rattletrap
    (591 items)

    We got this very cool Spur porcelain sign from a good Friend in Joplin Mo, who got it from a Collection in Tenn that he and a friend bought out. Spur was a Texas gas/oil Co in the early 60s and had a great logo! We think it looks great out in front of the Free Museum at aaaLakeside Storage in Provo Ut. The last pix shows it from the street out in front. Come take a look for yourself!

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    1. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      The sign gun is actually two SSP signs placed back to back in a single ring, as several other Sign companies did, like Frontier, Imperial, Fina, Sunoco. Still not sure why they did it that way as it seems like a lot more work and money to me?
    2. Nicefice, 3 years ago
      Spur gasoline was refined by Murphy Oil USA .
      The company owned two U.S. oil refineries located in Meraux, Louisiana, and Superior, Wisconsin (I worked there), and held a 30 percent stake in a U.K. refinery in Milford Haven, Wales. On the marketing side, Murphy sold refined products through more than 560 SPUR and Murphy USA gasoline stations in 17 states in the Southeast and Upper Midwest of the United States and in the Thunder Bay area of Ontario, Canada. About 45 of the stations were located in the parking lots of discount retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In the United Kingdom, Murphy sold refined products via nearly 400 MURCO and EP gasoline stations.
    3. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      Nicefice
      Thx for the history. I love hearing the history of each of these gas/oil companies before they got eaten by the bigger fish. This is such a cool logo and I'm surprised with so many gas stations there aren't more of the big signs floating around? This is the only one like it I've ever seen.
    4. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      Trey,
      Thx for the love it. When are u coming out to Utah for a visit?
    5. lee120275 lee120275, 3 years ago
      What a collection the fella has who you got the sign from.
    6. Nicefice, 3 years ago
      Rattletrap
      You are welcome. I have many items from Spur that I collected through the years while working there. I have collected porcelain pump plates, oil cans, toy tanker trucks, a two sided pump globe, and many more items. Maybe I'll post a few items in the future.
      When Murphy Oil USA sold their refinery in Superior to Calumet, I went back to Superior to try to buy up some signs. It appears that they more or less disappeared...maybe they destroyed them??
      BTW....Spur Gasoline of Murphy Oil, designed by Lippincott & Margulies of New York, 1959. This design was used in the late 1960's and in the 1970's. The name "spur" was chosen because many early Murphy stations were located adjacent to railroad tracks, often on short spur lines that allowed entire tanker cars to be rolled into place next to the station, saving much time and money in transport.
      Take Care.....
    7. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      Lee120275,
      Actually the guy who sold us this sign really doesn't have much of a collection left as he has sold most of it. The sign in the pix is at our Collection & only a small part is visible in this pix
    8. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      Nicefice,
      I would love to see pictures of some of the Spur stuff you have.
    9. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      Lee120275
      Thx for the love it
    10. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      Trey,
      I still can't believe how few readers of CW love the cool porcelain signs we post? These signs are rare, expensive and very very cool & to only see less than a dozen loves seems weird to me.
    11. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      Sparx1100
      Thx for the love it. Few people love this cool sign for some unknown reason? I love it or wouldn't have bought it
    12. Nicefice, 3 years ago
      Love the old Spur Sign - Great design and getting very hard to find!
      Merry Christmas Rattletrap!! :)
    13. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      Nicefice,
      Thx for the info. I never saw another one but there must be a lot out there as they had a lot of stations at one time. This sign was owned by a collector in Tenn who never got it out up before he finally sold his entire collection to a mutual friend in Joplin Mo. We got it from the collector in Joplin & feel really lucky to have found it. Great graffics and unusual pole.
    14. Nicefice, 3 years ago
      I posted a few of my Spur items :)
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/216024-spur-murphy-oil-usa-items--wanting-to
    15. Nicefice, 3 years ago
      Rattletrap.....I appreciate that you checked out my posting earlier. I love that you set up a free museum for everyone to enjoy. Today, gas stations are turning into coffee shops and a place to get a bunch of bananas for cheap....kind of sad....Someday I would like to visit your museum :)
    16. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      Nicefice
      We are currently on a trip in New Zealand and, like America, e erroneous wants to charge you to see the smallest of collections of any kind. They wanted to charge us $30 to see a Castle that was alr day closed for visiting to take a pix of the outside! I hat that! Free lets everyone enjoy
    17. Nicefice, 3 years ago
      I posted some SPUR info from an older tour brochure:
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/216962-70s-spur-murphy-oil-usa-tour-brochure?in=activity
    18. Nicefice, 3 years ago
      Rattletrap....check out the new February 2017 cover of "Petroleum Collectibles"...SPUR themed garage....how timely :)
      https://www.pcmpublishing.com/gallery2/main.php/v/new/February2017pcm.jpg.html
    19. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      Nicefice,
      Wish I had a couple of those pump plates to put on a pump below the Spur sign. :):) they look awesome on the pumps in the pix! We are currently on a trip in Australia and I have seen very little of antique gas pumps/porcelain signs since being here. I did meet a guy who says he has a couple of big Texaco signs but they're not for sale. Thx again for putting me on to the Spur ad.
    20. buckethead, 2 years ago
      Rattletrap....I attached a link to keep you informed about Spur (Murphy Oil) who sold to Calumet who in now is selling it to Husky Energy out of Canada. I guess the Refinery will replace the Calumet logo on their storage and process tanks to a big Husky dog :) Take care....you have awesome posts! Later....

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-husky-energy-refinery-calumet-splty/husky-energy-to-buy-435-million-wisconsin-refinery-idUSKCN1AU1SK

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