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It’s An Illinois Thing 2.0

Welcome to the second installment of globes from Illinois based companies.

Some of you may remember the 15″ metal body That Good Illinois Torpedo Gasoline globe from a previous blog post. I recently purchased this older version that features a torpedo graphic.

Fyre Drop was the brand name used by W. H. Barber of Chicago. I got this 15″ metal body globe from an old friend in Ohio that was down sizing his collection. This globe has weak paint which is typical of Fyre Drop lenses. This colorful globe dates from the 1930’s and is rare.
fyre drop

Next up are a couple of 15″ lenses from Chicago based Pure Oil Company. These lenses were used on white porcelain coated metal bodies. The “Products Of The Pure Oil Company” lens would have been used from 1939-’61. It’s the most common globe pictured in this blog post. “The Pure Oil Company U.S.A” lens probably dates from the same period but it is much more difficult to find in the 15″ size.
pure lenses

Chicago’s Johnson Refining Company used this 13 1/2″ glass body Johnson Ethyl globe from the 1930’s-50’s. Note the blue “rays” on the Ethyl logo. There are Johnson Ethyl globes with orange rays. Items featuring Johnson’s winged Time Tells logo are highly sought after by collectors.
johnson ethyl

Central Illinois’ Pleasant Plains was the headquarters for M & M. This CAPCO body M & M Super Ethyl globe is the rarest globe in this blog entry. It dates from the 1950’s. I like the speed lines on the Super text.
If anyone knows where I can find an M & M Premium Regular globe I’d appreciate hearing from you.
M & M

That does it for this installment. Contact me if you have any globes for sale.

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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.

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.
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.

Once part of Martin Oil Company, Martin Oil Service from Alsip and Blue Island used these globes in the 1960’s.

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.

Stephen was based in Morris.
This globe likely dates from the 1940’s.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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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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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