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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