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
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!
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!
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.
In the early days of autos there were no gas stations as we know them now. Places like drug stores and hardware stores etc. sold gas in these small roll out dispensers that they would put out in front of their stores. Gas tanks were small, car owners were few, and prices on gas were low. These portable gas dispensers were common in the early days.