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
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!
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.
After seeing one of these 3 D Dino's in a collection in Tenn a few years ago I knew that we needed one in the Lakeside Storage Museum. After years of hunting and travels I finally got my wish and we stood this up where the SOC sign had previously been located. The sign came from Iowa and the Dino from Texas. The Dino is 9' long. I love it!
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!
Try and imagine seeing this 11' high Pegasus strapped on the back of my car trailer going down the highway at 60 mph with the wings flapping in the wind! We had a long 1700 mi trip to Texas to get this beauty but it was worth it! Yes we saw a lot of jaws drop as we drove down the road! It is a pretty cool addition out in front of the new Lakeside Storage annex in Provo Ut. Too tall to get under some gas station canopies and never made it under the Motel entrances. More exciting stories to tell.
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!
In 1917 Ford began production of the Fordson Tractor which was supposedly the Worlds first mass produced tractor. Someone else already was using the Ford Tractor name so they had to come up with something original and Fordson was it. Henry loved tractors and wanted to build them but his shareholders wanted nothing to do with them so he and his son built them in a separate Company called Fordson. They built them from 1917-20 in the USA but until 1927 in Europe. The Tractor was produced for over 10 years total.
We recently got this one at an auction in Beaverton Oregon and it looks great with the other Tractors in the Lakeside Storage Museum.
No flat tires with this tractor!
We bought this Carbon Fiber racing model P-51 mustang from the Estate of a war hero that had 3 Purple Hearts , as well as a bronze and silver Stars for bravery.
The P-51 was the finest, fastest and most advanced fighter plane every built and with its 1680 hp Merlin engine, made by Rolls Royce, it was the fastest plane in WWII. It out gunned and out flew any of its rivals and dramatically helped turn the war in the Allies favor.
We were very fortunate to have this plane offered to the Lakeside Storage Museum by the wife of its owner after he died an unexpected death in 2014.
The famous Flying Tiger shark mouth as well as the red tail paint were added by us to remind us of many of our heroes that have kept America and the world free from tyrants. God Bless America!
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.