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!
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.
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!
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!
The VMC 33 was the solution to increasing the vending capacity of the VMC 27B. The center of the vending drum was redesigned to hold an additional 6 bottles of soda. This model was produced between 1951-1953.
We got this cool Totem pole in Rexburg Idaho from a collector who got it at a swap meet many many years ago in Montana. The seller supposedly got it from a collector from Alaska. It mixes with our Petroliana mostly because it came from a gas/oil collector just like us.
I actually purchased this cute Butler Gas Pump almost a year ago over the phone, but since it was all the way up in Montana had hoped that I would find other stuff to go get at the same time so I waited patiently (or not so patiently) to go get it. Finally last week we jumped in my truck to beat the snow and went to get it and another pump I bought from the same collector. While there I also bought a pretty decent 6' Phillips sign. We arrived just before the snow hit and loaded up and left to get over the mountain to stay the night in Idaho where the storm caught us.
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?
1942 HALF TRACK
This 1942 White half Track was used in The European assault during WWII with the American armored division. It originally weighed about 34,000 lbs and was armed with a 50 cal and two 30 cal machine guns. They were built of 1/4" armor plate and designed to travel at up to 50 mph. We found this in Mt Pleasant Utah. After the war these could be purchased from the government very inexpensively and were often used by farmers to pull plows etc. obviously they stripped off the heavy armament for farm use.
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.
This cute Little Cast aluminum Carrousel Horse was made in the late 1940s and was used on a Carrousel in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City I was told. It looks a little lonely all by itself surrounded by the antique gas pumps, but it remains a favorite of the little kids that come to visit the Lakeside Museum.
In 1936, Bob Wian sold his prized DeSoto Roadster to purchase a small hamburger stand in Glendale, California. He named it Bob’s Pantry.
One night in 1937, a regular customer requested something different for a change. Bob went to work and the first double-decker hamburger was born.
Customers couldn’t get enough of Bob’s new creation. One fan in particular was a chubby six year old boy in droopy overalls. He would often help Bob sweep up in exchange for a free burger. In honor of his young friend, Wian decided to name the better burger the Big Boy. Another regular customer, a movie animator, sketched the now famous character on a napkin.
This is another Tokheim 39 Computerized gas pump from the 30s. As you can see it has a small glass round ball near the top of the face through which the gas has to pass to get to the hose which allows you to see if the fuel is clean as you dispense it. This was still before filters were put on pumps to clean the fuel.