We never intended on winding up with the Biggest Pole Sign Collection in the World and it was an accident brought on by OCD Sign Collecting. We might be the Biggest, meaning we have more, but we're not even close to having the best signs, as we have several friends with much better quality signs than we have. We're just Bottom Dwellers in the country having fun that got carried away. The Roman Column gas pump was a thriller to find
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.
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!
B/A Gas you ask? Actually the British American Gas Oil Company began in 1906 in Ontario, Canada. It was later bought out by Gulf Oil of Canada and finally by the Conoco Phillips Co. We got this very nice 5 1/2' sign from a collector friend in Iowa and plan on putting it up on a Banjo Pole at the new Lakeside Event Center. The hunting was the fun part! Of course the surprise was found when we tried putting it in a 6' ring on a pole and since its Canadian, it has to be an odd size! Obviously we either have to find the unfindable odd size ring or make one ourselves. We shall see which comes first?
The Ashland Oil Co was founded in 1927 in Ashland Kentucky by a guy named Paul Blazer and had a very long aggressive history of buying up other oil and chemical companies until 2007 when it divested itself of the gas/oil division. The Brand never actually made it to Utah until now.
The sign is flashy and different and fits great along the row of 108 standing signs at Lakeside Storage.