Pumps and Signs in the World's Biggest Collection

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!

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Bi-Plane finally ready

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.

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Rare UTOCO Find

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!

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Two are Better than ONE

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.

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Cosden Oil

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.

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Vico Oil - Pep 88 Gas

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.

Frontier Gas

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!

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1920s Two Ton Cat Crawler

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!

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Roman Column

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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.