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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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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"Sinclair" Dino family

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!

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Supertest Gasoline

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 

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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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Butler Gas Pump

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.

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1942 Half Track

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.

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