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Gasoline PumpsPage6 The Antique Shoppe August, 2016 By Larry LeMasters America with gasoline becoming a key commercial commodity. Gilmore, and Wilshire; however, some collectors only search for particular types of pumps, such as clear cylinder pumps. There LeMastersâ€™ Antique News Service New mechanical and electrical innovations fueled the need are collectors who only look for lighted gas pump globes. Since, in the early days of automobiles, there were no street lamps or Petroliana is the collection of antiques related to gas stations for new gas pumps. An electric pump allowed gasoline to be lighted gas station lots, many stations used lighted gas pump and the oil business. One of the most popular items to collect in globes on top of their pumps and lighted signs on their lots. The petroliana is an antique gas pump. pumped from underground storage tanks without the driver lights were designed to attract and reassure driversâ€”in essence, to help drive the darkness away. Today, these globes, on or off The earliest gas pumps were â€œvisible gasâ€ pumps, indicating being reduced to manually pulling the pump handle â€œback and the pump, sell for top dollar. Recently, an authentic 1950s Fleet- that a clear glass cylinder, located on top of the pump, held five Wing gas pump globe with notched lenses and Capco body was to ten gallons of gas. These were gravity fed pumps that allowed forth.â€ Even though the pump was now electric, drivers wanted offered on eBay for $1,350. you to see the gasoline you were buying since gasoline was notorious for being â€œdirtyâ€ or full of organic material at that time. to visibly see the gasoline they were buying, so a small â€œsight Toy gasoline pumps also attract collectors, especially A manual, pull back and forth, pump allowed a driver to manually collectors with limited space for full size pumps. Wardie Products pump gasoline from a storage tank into the clear glass cylinder. If glassâ€ cylinder rested on the pump. Pumps of this era also had a of England offered kids a colorful six-pack of painted metal gas the driver liked the color of the gas, then gravity fed it downward pumps with company names on paper labels. These sets are into the carâ€™s gas tank. clock face that kept track of the gallons, but the driver still had to hard to find today in good condition and can easily sell for $225 or more. The Bowser Company of Fort Wayne, Indiana, built the first compute how much he was spending on gas since the pump face gas pumps in the mid-1880s. Bowser must have felt certain that Even Arcade toy gas pumps, not modeled after real pumps, if it built a pump, cars would come. did not multiply gallons by cost per gallon, which would be the sell for hundreds of dollars. I recently saw one on eBay with a clock face, offered for $675, and it was missing its gas hose! By 1898, gasoline pumps were developed that could pull fuel next innovation in gas pumps. from underground holding tanks, allowing gas stations to sell Many full size gasoline pumps are sold in â€œrestoredâ€ hundreds of gallons before needing All of these changes and innovations in pumps allow modern condition, making the pump look desirable, especially for refueled. displaying or decorating. Keep in mind that â€œrestoredâ€ does not collectors to have large collections of old gas pumps. Collectors mean â€œrestored to working order.â€ If you want a working pump, The heyday of the early gas ask the seller if the pump works (you might want to buy only pump was the 1920s when gasoline enjoy seeing all old pumps, but they enjoy buying the oldest from known, reputable dealers) and plan on paying quite a bit service stations sprang up all over more for working pumps. or the â€œprettiestâ€ of the pumps. The early pumps with glass 1926 WAYNE # 515, 10-gallon You should also be aware that many vintage looking, visible gas pump with Mobilgas cylinders on top are highly sought after, as are the old face pumps reproduction gas pumps are on the market today. Make sure you are buying an authentic antique if an antique pump is what you brand. This is an original, that only registered gallons and not the cost. are looking for. restored pump, ten-feet tall; Art Deco pumps from the 1930s are increasingly If you are a novice gasoline pump collector, you might want valued at $11,000. to purchase Gas Pump Collectorâ€™s Guide by Scott Benjamin. This sought after for their styling and heightâ€”they are very book is full of useful information and photographs that will help a novice quickly become a pro. The book sells on Amazon.com tall. for $35. < Restored By the 1960s, gasoline pumps Antique gasoline pumps have surged in prices in the past National Union had become boxy in appearance decade as gas and oil 76 gas pump. and no new innovations have memorabilia collectors and While restored, come along since then, so the last even interior decorators this pump is not in truly collectible gas pumps come become more aware of gas working condition. from the 1950s. pumpsâ€™ beauty and nostalgic It is valued at appeal. $14,000. Some collectors search for particular major gasoline brands such as Mobil, Texaco, Standard Oil, Phillips 66, Shell, Sinclair, and Esso or regional oil company brands like Signal, << Art Deco, fully restored WAYNE #60 Gilmore Gas Company gas pump, circa 1930s. Gilmore always advertised, â€œSomeday you will own a horseless carriage. Our gasoline will run it.â€ This pump is valued at $9,250. Beautifully restored 1932 Shell Oil â€œTokheimâ€ clock face gas pump; $12,500. < Arcade Toys gas pump with Restored WAYNE #615 visible gas >> Vintage Red clock face, circa 1926. pump, circa 1920s. Restored to mint Crown clock face This toy is missing its gas gasoline pump with hose and is valued at $675. condition; valued at $19,000. beautiful glass globe on top. This reproduction pump (note it is not a vintage pump) is valued at $7,000.