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It’s An Illinois Thing

Many globe collectors collect globes from their home state. I happen to be from Illinois which wasn’t exactly a hotbed for the oil industry, but there were some Illinois based companies that used very attractive globes.

Illinois Oil Company from Rock Island, IL used some globes that pictured the outline of the state. Any globe from this company would be considered rare. This metal body globe dates from the 1930’s.
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Next up we have a few globes from Martin Oil Company of Carbondale.
This glass body Kerosene globe would have been used in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
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These unusual Martin globes would have been used in the 1950’s and 60’s. The Premium Ethyl globe has six colors, red, white, blue, black, yellow and grey. That’s very unusual as the majority of globes only have three colors.
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Once part of Martin Oil Company, Martin Oil Service from Alsip and Blue Island used these globes in the 1960’s.
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Growmark (FS) is headquartered in Bloomington.
The Illinois Farm Supply globe was used in the early 1950’s.
The very plain FS globe was used from the mid 50’s through the 70’s.
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Stephen was based in Morris.
This globe likely dates from the 1940’s.
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Hicksatomic was located in Roberts.
This oval CAPCO body globe was used in the 1960’s and 70’s. It’s the most common globe in this blog entry.
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If anyone knows where I can find the round Hicksatomic globes with red and orange lettering on a light blue background I’d like to hear from you!

Vaught’s was a very small operation from Flora.
These globes are from the 1940’s. I like the slogan on the kerosene globe “Hotter Than Blue Blazes”. These two globes are the rarest in this blog entry.
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Owens was based in Bloomington.
This Oco-Pep globe has an original red CAPCO body and would have been used in the 1950’s into the 60’s.
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I’d like to add an Oco-Pep Ethyl globe to my collection. Anyone know where I can find one?

I believe Mileage Mart was based in north central Illinois. These lenses would have originally been used on white, yellow, red, or orange CAPCO bodies. It’s shown here on a red ripple glass body. Mileage Mart globes date from the 1950’s and 60’s.
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I got most of my Illinois globes from auctions, swap meets or other collectors right here in the Land of Lincoln. A few came from collections as far away as Tennessee. Most of the globes pictured were used by small regional discount operations. Henderson & Benjamin’s Gas Pump Globes reference CD was indispensable in dating some of these globes.

I’m always looking to add more globes to my collection. Contact me if you’re looking to sell.

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Images Added to the Globe Galleries

I added several images to the Gas Pump Globe Gallery, and one image to the Advertising Globe Gallery.

Auctions, Shows and Building a Network

Here we are nearly a quarter of the way through 2015 already. It seems like the older I get, the faster time goes by. Money and time to dedicate to my hobby are tough to come by these days, so every now and then I pause to look back and see if I’m utilizing those commodities wisely. So far I’ve attended two collector auctions, two petroliana swap meets and a general advertising show in 2015. One of the shows and one auction weren’t all that productive in terms of adding significant items to my collection, but they were worthwhile in terms of networking with collectors and dealers in the hobby. It’s important to keep in touch with others in the hobby to let them know you’re active in the hobby and what you’re looking for. Plus attending the shows and auctions affords the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones.

Looking back at what I’ve added to my collection so far this year I see a good mix of purchases made at auctions, swap meets and from friends in the hobby.

This week’s major purchases came from an old friend and can be seen in the Gas Pump Globe Gallery

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