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This will not be a Theological VS Darwinian discussion, but rather a narrative of how collectors’ preferences can evolve over time.
In my first blog post I told about how I obtained the first globe in my collection. That Conoco globe wasn’t only my first globe, it was the first item in my collection. Building my collection has been a slow process. A considerable amount of time elapsed between my first and second globe acquisitions, my second and third, etc. Even though I had a few globes I didn’t consider myself a collector. That was all about to change!

My (VERY understanding) wife bought an unopened can of Sinclair Extra Duty motor oil at a garage sale for 25 cents thinking I could use the oil. I thought the can looked cool and decided to keep it as a display item. That is the day I became a “Collector”.


Like many new collectors, I bought all kinds of petroliana. Quart cans, oil can banks, handy oilers, maps,etc. If it had an oil company logo on it, I wanted it. I met some veteran collectors and saw how they concentrated on collecting only a few brands, or they primarily collected certain types of cans such as quarts, five quarts, one pound grease cans, handy oilers, etc. After unpacking my purchases from the Iowa Gas swap meet in ’95 or ’96 I looked at the wide variety of items I had gotten at the show and what was already in my collection. There was no clear focus. I knew my collection needed direction.
I decided to collect anything from Standard Oil Company of Indiana, anti-freeze cans from any company, and one pound grease cans. And of course gas pump globes. My evolution as a collector had begun.

My collecting preferences evolved again in the summer of ’97. I switched from collecting Standard items to collecting Sinclair items. I’ll talk about that in a future post.

One day in early ’99 I got an eBay account. Not long after that I bought a Pan-Am globe on ebay.

Even though I already owned a dozen or so globes, the day I bought the Pan Am globe is the day I became a “Globe Collector”

pan am green band

My collecting preferences had evolved again. I concentrated mostly on collecting gas pump globes and Sinclair items. Notice I said “mostly”. Old habits are tough to break! I still collect ALL kinds of petroliana, but it’s gas pump globes that are the focus of my collection.
My evolution as a collector is not unusual. I’ll talk about some of the various sub categories of petroliana collecting in upcoming blog posts.

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Images added to the Gas Pump Globe Gallery

I just added images of seven globes to the Gas Pump Globe Gallery.

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My First Gas Pump Globe

I have vivid memories of the first gas pump globe I ever saw. One rainy night Dad pulled his 1959 Ford Ranch Wagon to the pump island at the local Conoco filling station. As the attendant approached the car, Dad got out and said “fill ‘er up”, then went in the building to get a snack for my brother to eat on the bus on his way home from a school sporting event the next day. Mom, my siblings, and I waited in the car. I entertained myself by looking at the illuminated signs at the neighboring businesses, and how the water droplets on the car window distorted the light. I then looked through the side window and saw the gas pump with a green globe with a red triangle on it. I’m guessing that was probably 1963 or 1964. I was only 4 or 5 years old and had no idea how obsessed I’d become with gas pump globes. I remember seeing other globes after that but really didn’t give them much thought.
It wasn’t until reading an article about signs and gas pump globes in Old Cars Weekly in the early 1980’s that I became interested in collecting, but I had no idea where to find the stuff. In 1982 I was painting a house for an eccentric customer. He wanted me to use some painting supplies he had stored in the attic above his garage. While searching for the supplies I spotted a gas pump globe. I asked the customer if he wanted to sell the globe. He replied that he thought he’d hang on to it for awhile longer. I asked again the next day. His reply was NOT FOR SALE! Late in the afternoon on my last day on that job I was up on a scaffold painting, when the customer called out for me to get down so we could talk. As I was climbing down I could see he was trying to hide the gas pump globeĀ  behind his back. As I approached he held it out to me and said “it’s yours”. I couldn’t stop smiling. The globe he gave me had a green body with a red triangle. It was the very same Conoco globe I had seen on that rainy night nearly twenty years earlier.

The first globe I ever saw when I was a child, was the first globe in my collection!

Circa 1936

Green CAPCO body CONOCO globe


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