OK! The Collection is not the Biggest but the Pole Sign Collection part of it is the Biggest in the World. We mostly don't restore our gas pumps, but some of these rare ones had to be dressed up for show. In a few years of Sun and snow they'll look like all the rest. In the meantime, all the folks that visit the Lakeside Museum get to see both restored and original. I love them all!
She's finally ready to put on her "perch" until i reach ninety and teach myself how to fly her under low bridges and thru barns with open doors! We got this little beauty from a guy in Afton Wyoming who was doing a magnificent job of restoring her until he ran out of time and cash and sold her to us for the free museum at aaaLakeside Storage. I snapped her up as an awesome future project for my ninth birthday when I'll put a new engine in her and learn to fly. Landing u ask? Nahhhh! I'm more in to flying than landing. In the meantime she will look great when we get her on a "perch" in the museum.
UTOCO came from the first Utah Oil Refining Company that was formed in 1908. It was originally called The Utah Oil Refining Company and then changed after Standard purchased over 50% of the Stocks to UTOCO and used the typical Standard Logo which they kept for their many name changes of UTOCO, American, Standard, Pan Am, and Amoco. Unlike other Gas/Oil Companies they re used the same sign rings with each of the changing signs. Very convenient for Collectors like us as it is a pain with all the other Companies who changed frames all the time as well as signs. Hooray for universal sign sizes!
The addition of these two 6' Phillips shields on the double hanger pole puts the Lakeside Museum Collection at 212 on poles.
The Phillips Company pulled off a brilliant marketing campaign when they "borrowed' the National highway shield design along with the 66, which was the major East/West highway for all travelers and melted them into their Brand. What brilliance!
I love the Phillips signs and this big double is a real addition to the collection. Come on down and bring your camera and family, it's free.
After seeing one of these 3 D Dino's in a collection in Tenn a few years ago I knew that we needed one in the Lakeside Storage Museum. After years of hunting and travels I finally got my wish and we stood this up where the SOC sign had previously been located. The sign came from Iowa and the Dino from Texas. The Dino is 9' long. I love it!
I bought this nice Cosden Gas sign several months ago and we finally stood it up in the Lakeside Storage annex today in the new "Sign Forest". Cosden Oil has a rich American history as its owner, Josh Cosden, was working as a drug store clerk in Boston in 1910, but somehow got the financing to build one of the biggest gas/oil refineries in Oklahoma in 1913 and later a pipeline acting as the supply line to the refinery that all the suppliers had to use to sell their crude oil. He also built the first high rise office building in Tulsa and owned multiple mansions, yachts, race horses, and lived the high life. His was the life many call the"American Dream" . He dropped over dead of a heart attack while riding in his own private railroad car in 1940, the year I was born. So much for the history lesson. I love the sign. I got it in NC.
Dino's at Lakeside Storage have started reproducing like mice and now they're everywhere you look! I see little kids riding on them so they must be tame? Maybe I'll give it a try myself if I can get up the guts to get on one without a saddle. Two years ago when I thought I could ride a horse bareback that our son was looking at buying I wound up with a broken pelvis out of the rodeo he put me through so I'm more careful nowadays! No smarter, but more careful!
Try and imagine seeing this 11' high Pegasus strapped on the back of my car trailer going down the highway at 60 mph with the wings flapping in the wind! We had a long 1700 mi trip to Texas to get this beauty but it was worth it! Yes we saw a lot of jaws drop as we drove down the road! It is a pretty cool addition out in front of the new Lakeside Storage annex in Provo Ut. Too tall to get under some gas station canopies and never made it under the Motel entrances. More exciting stories to tell.
It's not a perfect picture but it's better than the other one we recently posted. The multiple colors on the Maple Leaf make this a beautiful sign and I don't recall ever seeing another one on a Shepard's Pole. The condition isn't great but up on the pole it look awesome to me.
It's posted right by the entrance on the new Parking Annex at Lakeside Storage and is one of 3 different styles of Supertest Signs in the collection
The Utah Oil Refining Company was the first Refinery in Utah and started in 1908 with crude shipped in from Colorado. The oil Brand was Vico and the gas was sold as Pep 88. These two porcelain signs are examples of the early models of sign logos found at Lakeside Storage in Provo Ut. We also have a couple of other designs in the collection.
This very early Caterpiller Crawler came up at an Auction and I couldn't refuse buying it since it reminded me of a similar tractor/crawler I plowed Cherry orchards with in Montana as a teenager. The Two Ton was the first tractor built by Caterpiller. I think it fits perfectly in the Sign Collection at Lakeside Storage mixed in with the other tractors, porcelain Signs and Antique cars. If it's old I like it!
In 1917 Ford began production of the Fordson Tractor which was supposedly the Worlds first mass produced tractor. Someone else already was using the Ford Tractor name so they had to come up with something original and Fordson was it. Henry loved tractors and wanted to build them but his shareholders wanted nothing to do with them so he and his son built them in a separate Company called Fordson. They built them from 1917-20 in the USA but until 1927 in Europe. The Tractor was produced for over 10 years total.
We recently got this one at an auction in Beaverton Oregon and it looks great with the other Tractors in the Lakeside Storage Museum.
No flat tires with this tractor!