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!
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
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!
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.