Tag: Gulf

A Gallery of Vintage Gas Pump Globes

A Gallery of Vintage Gas Pump Globes

Advertising, Auction Finds
Gas station patrons born around my time or later have probably never encountered a legitimate gas pump globe in action. But for years, these beauties adorned the top of vintage gas station pumps across the country. Each one was designed to advertise something, usually a brand of gas or an oil company, but sometimes automakers as well. They were everywhere from the early days of 20th century motoring, but began to disappear by the 1960s, as high-quality lighting and large signage was easier to obtain. What I have here is a gallery of some of the most attractive gas pump globe designs I've come across. I can't vouch for which ones of these are authentic or just reproductions, but the point here is to appreciate just how much style and thought went into something most motorists took for...
Retrotisements — Super Bowl edition

Retrotisements — Super Bowl edition

Advertising, Retrotisements
These days, most of the Super Bowl-related ads I see are for giant TVs. You know, to watch The Big Game. So I was a bit surprised to see that most companies riding the Super Bowl popularity train back in the day just decided to give stuff away. Tickets, mostly. If you dig these classic advertisements, head over to the main site and my gallery of Retrotisements. Aw, Burt Lancaster doesn't need your prizes, he just loves being part of the team! I would love to know which team the lucky winner of this contest got to become a part owner of. Of course it didn't specify the NFL, so it really could be anything. Hopefully not the Cleveland Browns. (Aqua Velva, 1970) The good news is you can win tickets to the Super Bowl and Hawaii! The bad news is you have to hang out with ...
Vintage ephemera: Gulf No-Nox ink blotter

Vintage ephemera: Gulf No-Nox ink blotter

Ephemera
I love vintage ephemera, especially if it has to do with oil/gas companies (I have no idea why). If I had won that stupid MegaMillions drawing the other day, you better believe one of the first things I'd do with the money is to design a whole wing of my new mansion to house my soon-to-explode collection. Until then, I will have to make do with the occasional find. That brings us to this interesting item. I wasn't sure what it was at first, but some Google legwork leads me to believe it's an ink blotter. You know, from back in the day when your ink was outside your pen. It's for a particular brand of Gulf gasoline called "No-Nox," and apparently there was some confusion as to whether or not it was poisonous. Apparently it's not, so drink up! Based on the car (illustrat...