Small Things in Petroliana

2/13/2019
John Pizzo
Back in the old days, most of the gas and oil companies gave out many different kinds of freebies or promotional items to a lot of their customers, kind of like an incentive to ensure that they would return. Some of these things included key chains, watch fobs, and many other things. Because there are so many items for each company it is hard to say that you are done collecting petroliana.
 
Oil and Gas Petroliana 
The Oilzum watch fob is a very rare item to find because Oilzum is such a sought after and collectable company.  Things like this don't come to market very often, and I am proud to own this one. The Mobil Pegasus key charm is one of the more common smalls on the market and one of my favorite the company had.
 
Some other items that are included in the "smalls" category are things that the station attendant would have used to do his job.  An example of that is a dipstick with the oil company's logo or the gas station's name. These were used to check the fuel before the gas gauge was invented. Another item is the badges and name tags the attendant would have worn on his uniform, they would have looked like the Mobil ones in the picture.
 
Shadow Box Filled with Petroliana 
This is what a fellow collector has said about smalls "I have been collecting gas and oil for about 25 years and have accumulated a bunch of smalls. At first I would sell the "littles" at swaps and gas bashes but for the past year have been holding on to them and making these displays.  It came about because I ran out of room for vintage gas pumps and old gas signs and I think these collages of smalls look neat. Its like  mans version of scrap-booking. I basically use shadowboxes I find at thrift stores and mount the items in with a dab of silicone." - Hubba Floughton from Seattle WA. The photos of the shadow boxes are some of the displays he has done with the items that he has saved.
 
Petroliana in White Box 
The small white box is one that I have put together of some smalls I have gotten.
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