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
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!
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?
This famous "Roman Column" Wayne Model 491 gas pump was the fanciest and most beautiful gas pump ever built by the Wayne Pump Company. It was built in the early 1920s and while the Column is actually of Greek design, it is called a Roman Column. Our Pump originally came from a Salt Lake City Supplier and was sold to the State Line Service Station in Wendover NV in the 1920s where a previous Employee of the Station purchased it as a memoir because both he and his father had worked at the Station as young men. When he found that his father had never actually pumped gas with it he lost interest and sold it to us at Lakeside a Storage in 2014 for our Collection.
The Pump has a 10 gal glass cylinder on the top in to which the operator pumps the gas and visually approves of it before dispensing it in to his vehicle. Remember that there were no filters in those days and lots of gas was very dirty and plugged carburetors. These were hand lever operated pumps and required no electricity. The fuel generally contained tetra ethyl lead to keep engine pinging down but was very toxic and is no longer used. These pumps are very rare and valuable selling at more than $25,000 these days! We feel very fortunate to have one at the Lakeside a storage Free Museum.
We finally got the beautiful curved glass price windows installed in our newly restored Clear Vision 700 Double Head Gas Pump. With over 100 gas pumps on display in the free museum we don't usually restore them, but this is so beautiful and rare we couldn't resist making it look it's best. These pumps are actually Canadian pumps and very rare in the West. We are thrilled to have one!