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.
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.
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!