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Pump Plates (General Question)

Posted By: K51

Pump Plates (General Question) - Thu Feb 01 2018 02:08 AM

I've been a member here for a couple years. I own many porcelain pump plates, as well as oil field well signs. Far from an expert, though. Every now and then I come across restored gasoline pumps, whether at retro gas stations or in antique stores. All gasoline pumps I see will have the decal-type pump plates affixed to the front of the pump from your favorite-flavor gasoline. I was at Barrett-Jackson auction two weeks ago in Scottsdale, AZ. In the building adjacent to the auction hall you see on television, there were many restored gasoline pumps. A few of the pumps had legitimate porcelain pump plates attached to the front of the pumps. Most, however, had the decal-type pump plates on the front of the pumps.

While restored gasoline pumps with the decal-type pump plates show well to the public, why do these nice, restored pumps have a decal pump plate instead of the porcelain pump plates that are attached with screws? Did some of the gasoline pumps back in the day have these decal-style pump plates, or is this purely a convenient way to complete a restored gasoline pump because it shows well? The decal-style pump plate certainly cuts down on theft.

Sorry if this question has been beat to death before.

Thanks, Kevin
Posted By: Done4

Re: Pump Plates (General Question) - Thu Feb 01 2018 02:36 AM

Restorators take liberties and some for cost to appreciate more money. The pumps I have done over the years I tried to be period correct. Which would be water transfer decals or the porcelain plates. I would not consider Barrett Jackson pumps as a good example of correct restorations.
Posted By: petropumps

Re: Pump Plates (General Question) - Thu Feb 01 2018 05:42 AM

If your question is whether pumps had decals instead of porcelain pump plates originally, the answer is yes...many more had decals than porcelain pump plates.
Posted By: Craig Osbeck

Re: Pump Plates (General Question) - Thu Feb 01 2018 02:45 PM

Many people also do not like to drill holes in a pump for a plate. One of the reasons is that you will end up with the same kind of pump that you originally started with when going to restore. A pump with many holes from different signs.
Posted By: K51

Re: Pump Plates (General Question) - Fri Feb 02 2018 04:05 AM

Thanks for your input.
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