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#106095 - Tue Nov 13 2007 02:19 PM Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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As some of you may know, I have been collecting Sign Pole thermometers for many years. I have been asked to do a Collectible of the Month feature on them. First of all, what is a Sign Pole thermometer? They are plastic thermometers about 7" tall shaped like the signs that used to be in front of service stations. In fact on many of the original cradboard sleeves that they came in they were refered to as "service thermometers". These were given away as dealer promotions starting in the late 1950's through the mid 1970's. The earliest date I have seen on one was 1959 with 1976 being the latest. There are 7 basic styles of these thermometers. I will show photos of each in the next post. The first six styles could also be ordered with a small calendar attached at the bottom. Bill Fortune







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#106096 - Tue Nov 13 2007 02:21 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM


Scalloped bottom version -
oval top, round top and rectangular top




Angled base version -
oval top, round top and shield top




This last version is slightly shorter than the others and is made of of a thicker plastic. To the best of my knowledge they were exclusively used in Canada.

As the month progresses I will be going alphabetically through the known examples, listing some sales info and company brochures featuring the thermometers, provide a list of those that are waiting to be found and wrap up with some interesting non gas examples as these were used for all types of advertising. They are an interesting collectible because examples can be found for most of the companies we collect, they don't take up a lot of room, and they are usually fairly inexpensive. Note I said "usually". As we go through the known examples feel free to post when that letter is being listed or email photo to me for posting if you miss out on a letter or don't wish to post youself. I will began with examples starting with "A" tomorrow.















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#106097 - Tue Nov 13 2007 06:20 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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I'm looking forward to this Bill.

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#106098 - Wed Nov 14 2007 09:07 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Washington
This sounds like a great topic!

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#106099 - Wed Nov 14 2007 10:46 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Starting out with the "A"s.




Agway is a farm Coop still in business in the New York/Pennsylvania region. I also know of a version of the red/black Amoco with the words "American" above and "Gas" below the word "Amoco".





An example with a calendar attached. Unfortunately the flame holder has been broken on this example. I also know of a rectangular newer logo Ashland.






Atlantic logos progressing through their merger with Richfield to form ARCO.










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#106100 - Wed Nov 14 2007 10:52 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
kmann Offline
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Registered: Tue Aug 26 2003
Loc: new york
what a great collectible bill... thank you for sharing.. wish i had something to add...

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#106101 - Wed Nov 14 2007 11:09 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
wfort39663 Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
I got this box containing two sample thermometers at a show about 9 years ago. The paper insert shows examples of "Flame Top" thermometers available. I have seen examples of all except the Pan Am but have feel it's out there as it is shown.



Pricing info inside box top.




Looks like 144 was the minimum order and a calendar on the bottom cost an extra 4 cents.







Some added ordering info.








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#106102 - Thu Nov 15 2007 10:46 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
The "B"s






I purchased the Bay Thermometer from the grandson of the original station owner. He included these photos of his grandfather at the station circa 1960.




Bear Wheel Alinement. Note two different spellings on the Black/White version. "Alinement" and "alignment"













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#106103 - Thu Nov 15 2007 05:40 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
hawkike Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 09 2006
Loc: citrus heights ca.95610

TWO--"A" POLES
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#106104 - Thu Nov 15 2007 08:35 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Some thermometers from Champlin.



And Chevron. You see the newer logo on the right quite often. I have never seen one that had any writing on the bottom. The older logo is much harder to find.





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#106105 - Fri Nov 16 2007 12:25 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Fri Feb 27 2004
Loc: Las Vegas, Nevada
Two champlin



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#106106 - Fri Nov 16 2007 09:37 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
wfort39663 Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Nice to see some postings from other Oldgas members with items in their collections. Keep it up! Some Cities Service and Citgo.



Conoco



Some Coops, one with a calendar and a Crown.






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#106107 - Fri Nov 16 2007 11:16 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: citrus heights ca.95610


ONE "A' AND TWO "B"POLES
BEAR AND BORDEN"S
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#106108 - Fri Nov 16 2007 11:18 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
hawkike Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 09 2006
Loc: citrus heights ca.95610

ONE "C" POLE
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#106109 - Fri Nov 16 2007 11:25 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sat Dec 09 2006
Loc: citrus heights ca.95610


EIGHT "C" POLES
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#106110 - Sat Nov 17 2007 08:48 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Some "D" thermometers and another example with a calendar


DX thermometers with the old and newer logos.





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#106111 - Sat Nov 17 2007 09:22 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
hawkike Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 09 2006
Loc: citrus heights ca.95610

FIVE "D" POLES
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#106112 - Sat Nov 17 2007 10:37 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Wed Apr 27 2005
Loc: Decatur, IL
Bill,

Looks great so far! I had no idea there were so many of these.

The D-X logo change was in 1957, so maybe that could be your oldest one?

Wes

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#106113 - Sun Nov 18 2007 10:45 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Wes, Thanks for the input on the DX date. Several companies had thermometers with logos that can date a transition period of signage. The 1959 date I earlier noted was actually on the thermometer. Amoco, Gulf, Lion, Mobil, Phillips, Sinclair, Sohio and Texaco are among the users of transitional logos.
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#106114 - Sun Nov 18 2007 01:44 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Enco, Esso and Exxon

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#106115 - Sun Nov 18 2007 02:06 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
hawkike Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 09 2006
Loc: citrus heights ca.95610

MY ONE AND ONLY "E" POLE THERMOMETER!
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#106116 - Mon Nov 19 2007 10:27 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Some thermometers begining with "F".



I have seen two Fina thermometers and they both came from the same town which is about 30 miles north of where I live. Both were found more than 300 miles from that town! They sure travel arround.



The two Flying A may look the same but if you look close one says "Service" and the other says "Gasoline". The service version is more common.









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#106117 - Mon Nov 19 2007 11:39 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
For a change of pace before we start the next group here are some thermometers advertising tires. Probably some more brands out there


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#106118 - Mon Nov 19 2007 05:47 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: citrus heights ca.95610


TWO "F" POLE THERMOMETERS

THE "FORD" IS A HARD ONE TO FIND HERE ON THE "LEFT" COAST
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#106119 - Mon Nov 19 2007 11:57 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Tue Mar 23 2004
Loc: Sunbury, PA, USA
This is great stuff. I really like the Fleet Wing and the Frontier. I'm learning something new here. Just one more thing I'll be searching for when I'm out and about!! Dave.
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#106120 - Tue Nov 20 2007 10:01 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM


GLF is a New York Cooperative. The older logo Gulf comes in a light and dark blue letters.


The new Gulf logo shown in two different sizes and colors.



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#106121 - Tue Nov 20 2007 10:43 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Some automotive related thermometers. I have also seen the Chevrolet logo in red. Will do some tractor logos tomorrow.




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#106122 - Tue Nov 20 2007 04:38 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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GOLDEN EAGLE IS FROM CANADA.
OOPS! FORGOT TO RESIZE IT!!

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#106123 - Tue Nov 20 2007 04:45 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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2 "G" POLES


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#106124 - Wed Nov 21 2007 12:13 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
Gaspedler Offline
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Registered: Sun Feb 04 2001
Loc: Lebanon, Indiana. USA
These are great, had no idea there was such a variety out there. Don't know if I will be able to post mine when we get down to that letter.
We have hardwood floors not carpet....lol.
Chuck

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#106125 - Wed Nov 21 2007 08:17 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
A hard to find Hudson Oil Co. thermometer. Hudson was based in Kansas City. The bottom writing says that they are operating in 25 states.



Leonard from Michigan and old and new Lion logos.









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#106126 - Wed Nov 21 2007 01:27 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
cormy Offline
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Registered: Mon Feb 09 2004
Loc: PA
I bet alot of these type themometers were used as ice scrapers on windshields?

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#106127 - Wed Nov 21 2007 05:04 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Some thermometers advertising tractors. I have also seen one for Oliver Tractors.









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#106128 - Wed Nov 21 2007 07:35 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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love the john deere thermometer..i have some hit-n-miss gasoline engines that were made in ottawa kansas...you have a awesome collection of these pole thermometers,,i`m really enjoying your collection!!!! TXS A LOT ALAN
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#106129 - Thu Nov 22 2007 12:32 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: citrus heights ca.95610


3"L" POLE THERMOMETERS
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#106130 - Thu Nov 22 2007 04:14 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
The one on the right is from Midland Cooperatives.



Mobil with the horse facing right and left.



Some more Mobil variations.









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#106131 - Thu Nov 22 2007 04:51 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
hawkike Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 09 2006
Loc: citrus heights ca.95610

5 "M" POLE THERMOMETERS
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#106132 - Fri Nov 23 2007 10:30 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Osceola, another Michigan company.




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#106133 - Sat Nov 24 2007 10:25 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
wfort39663 Offline
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Some Phillips 66 thermometers.




The top hanger is missing on the Platolene 500, but it is hard to find in any condition and will definitely do until and if I ever find another. The Premier is out of Texas.



Pure thermometers. I have also seen the version on the right on an oval top thermometer.





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#106134 - Sat Nov 24 2007 11:48 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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TWO "P" POLES
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#106135 - Sun Nov 25 2007 11:28 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Three different ones from Richfield.
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#106136 - Sun Nov 25 2007 03:31 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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YOU ARE A HARD MAN TO FOLLOW BILL! I AM SCRAPING THE BOTTOM-MY ONE AND ONLY "R" POLE!
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#106137 - Mon Nov 26 2007 03:26 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
Jarvis Offline
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Nice job Bill... makes a guy want to start collecting these things! LOL No i am not going to collect these i have to bid against you now for shakers. LOL
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#106138 - Tue Nov 27 2007 03:48 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Some Sinclairs. Note one has a Standard flame shaped hanger. Somebody screwed up!


And some Shell.




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#106139 - Tue Nov 27 2007 07:22 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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TWO SINCLAIR POLES
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#106140 - Tue Nov 27 2007 07:25 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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TWO SUNOCO POLES-DIFFERENT STYLE ON THE LOGO.
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#106141 - Tue Nov 27 2007 07:27 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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THREE SHELL POLES--THE PECTEN WITH RED BACKGROUND WAS INTRODUCED IN 1963.
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#106142 - Tue Nov 27 2007 07:29 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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SIGNAL,SOUTH STATES FEED AND SOHIO POLES
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#106143 - Tue Nov 27 2007 07:31 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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STANDARD AND SKELLY POLES
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#106144 - Tue Nov 27 2007 09:25 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Old and new logo Signal and some from Skelly.
Frank, I've never seen that Signal Heating Oils. Thats got to be a hard one to find!





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#106145 - Tue Nov 27 2007 10:10 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Bill,the Signal that you mentioned was found in an antique store in Oregon quite a no. of years ago..The only one that i have seen,the credit goes to my wife for spotting it!

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#106146 - Wed Nov 28 2007 06:54 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Great job Bill and Frank. Quite impressive collections. These items are not easy to come by. Keep up the good work.

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#106147 - Wed Nov 28 2007 09:03 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Two photos sent to me by Rod Vanpelt.






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#106148 - Wed Nov 28 2007 09:14 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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I have really enjoyed this topic!!!!
I can't wait to see more.
Bill, have you every seen a Billups?
Dumb question....If you saw it, it would be in your collection.
I believe the price for these has increased on ebay because of this thread...
What a neat collectible.

Paddy......Bill, thanks for the Billups license plate topper that you brought to me at Iowa.................I don't know if I ever thanked you.
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#106149 - Thu Nov 29 2007 03:17 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Some from Standard. Old and new flame/torch on left side.





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#106150 - Thu Nov 29 2007 03:18 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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The older logo Sohio and the left is from the town I grew up in. I have also seen a Gulf and Atlantic from there. Paddy your right I haven't seen a Billups!
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#106151 - Thu Nov 29 2007 05:07 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Two different versions from Standard of Kentucky.
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#106152 - Thu Nov 29 2007 05:13 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Some more begining with "S".





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#106153 - Thu Nov 29 2007 08:04 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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never knew there was 2 versions of the Standard oil of Ky.
Very nice collection Bill.
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#106154 - Sat Dec 01 2007 04:48 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Some Texaco variations.

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#106155 - Sat Dec 01 2007 05:24 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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TWO TEXACO POLE THERMOMETERS.
ONE IS A SAMPLE.
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#106156 - Sat Dec 01 2007 11:37 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Union 76 and Utoco. You see quite a few of the Union with just the 76 on top and no writing on the bottom. The ones with "Union 76" on top and writing on the bottom are much harder to find.
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#106157 - Mon Dec 03 2007 12:02 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Some more.
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#106158 - Mon Dec 03 2007 02:39 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Some miscellaneous oil/auto related thermometers.






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#106159 - Mon Dec 03 2007 08:22 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sat Dec 09 2006
Loc: citrus heights ca.95610

WALLACE ELECTRIC POLE THERMOMETER
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#106160 - Tue Dec 04 2007 10:34 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Some advertising Propane, Butane and Natural Gas.



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#106161 - Tue Dec 04 2007 10:37 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Some more advertising Propane, Butane and Natural Gas.





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#106162 - Wed Dec 05 2007 12:22 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Fri Feb 27 2004
Loc: Las Vegas, Nevada
These are the only two thermometers I have other than champlin. Jack



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#106163 - Wed Dec 05 2007 10:48 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
wfort39663 Offline
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Some of the flat style that seem to have been exclusive to Canada.




I have also seen a Shell with the top in the shape of the Shell sign.









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#106164 - Thu Dec 06 2007 03:44 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Here is an original sales brochure that shows some interesting examples. Most of these have been seen but a few such as the Bell, Pan-Am, Aetna A Plus, Shamrock, Gass for Less and Oklahoma are unkown to me.


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#106165 - Fri Dec 07 2007 09:30 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Wed Sep 21 2005
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very interesting ,going to have to keep my eye open for some. i seem to recall awhile back about some of these being reproductions? does any one know and if so how do you tell?
thanks dave

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#106166 - Fri Dec 07 2007 10:01 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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This 1962 catalog has a page with the angled base thermometers.






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#106167 - Fri Dec 07 2007 03:34 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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At many shows I have been asked what can you do for a thermometer that has a broken tube?
The two types of thermometers pictured here provide exact replacements for broken tubes.

The fish bone thermometer on the left is the easiest to work with. Place a flat blade under the black fish bone skeleton and you can pop it from the white background. The tube and gold paper backing is not even glued in place a will fall right into your hand. With the key thermometer on the right you will need a sharp blade like an exacto knife as you can get under the paper and remove the tube and backing with little effort. Remove the damaged tube and backing from the thermometer you wish to repair, use a little plastic cement to glue the replacement tube in and you are in business. These two types of thermometers can be found for less than $5 with a little looking. Flea markets are excellent places to look.

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#106168 - Fri Dec 07 2007 06:08 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Bill,thanks for the info on replacement tubes.Frank
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#106169 - Sat Dec 08 2007 02:53 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Four days left on this months collectible. If you've got anything to add please post it!
The topic is sign pole thermometers and they come with many different types of advertising
even though gas/oil was the most common use. I will be posting some of the more interesting ones with other types of advertising and will end up this topic with a listing of known oil/gas thermometers for which I do not have good photos.


Transportation related


Coal/gravel



Feed/grain




Some more feed/grain


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#106170 - Sun Dec 09 2007 11:17 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Another group of interesting advertising subjects.

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#106171 - Sun Dec 09 2007 05:29 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sun Oct 21 2007
Loc: Mass
Hi Bill, I have been watching and have not seen any metal Sign Pole Thermometers, are they common, Here is a picture of mine



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#106172 - Sun Dec 09 2007 07:01 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
Scott Shipers Offline
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Registered: Fri Apr 18 2003
Loc: Kansas City, Missouri
The only metal pole thermometers I have seen have all been Texaco.

Bill will know if their are more.

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#106173 - Sun Dec 09 2007 07:21 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
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Forgot to post that one. Scott's right as Texaco is the only metal one I have ever seen. They do show up but are hard to find in nice shape. Bill.
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#106174 - Mon Dec 10 2007 07:19 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
wfort39663 Offline
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Since I posted a Pepsi thermometer I figured
I shouldn't ignore those who choose the competitor. Here's a Coke for You!


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#106175 - Mon Dec 10 2007 07:32 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Registered: Fri Jan 20 2006
Loc: On the plains of Colorado
Bill. You've done a great job on this. I guess we owe a special thanks to Hawkike too. AND all the other contributors.

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#106176 - Mon Dec 10 2007 07:37 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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Thanks for the comments and my appreciation to all of those who have contributed. The weather limited my internet access for most of the last 24 hours but I'm back up now. Will be adding some more tomorrow to finish up the topic.
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#106177 - Tue Dec 11 2007 11:01 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
wfort39663 Offline
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Have been without power all day. Wanted to post this earlier. Here are some thermometers I have seen but don't have actual photos of.



top row left to right:
Royal Triton , Statex Coop, Pennzoil, Tri-Par

middle row:
North Star, Frontier Station, Ashland, Keystone

bottom row:

Crown (different color),Gulf large top, 76(different version), Chevron winged logo.




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#106178 - Tue Dec 11 2007 11:12 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
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This last post will list some that I do not have photos or scans for but know to exist.

Aetna A PLus
Amoco (with American Gas)
BP
Colonial (with eagle)
Cosden
Crystal Flash
Dixie (Michigan)
Enarco
El Paso
Kendall
Midland
Shelby County Oil
Sinclair Heating Oil
United Services Motors

It has been a pleasure sharing these collectibles during this month. I am always looking to add to my collection. If anyone has something that wasn't pictured or shown only in a scan let me know. Bill Fortune.



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#106179 - Wed Dec 12 2007 07:31 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers
Jarvis Offline
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Loc: Evansville, In
Great job Bill!!!! Do you have a photo of them all displayed?
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#503918 - Wed Jan 08 2014 10:06 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: Jarvis]
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Loc: Evansville, In
Bill, how many more have you found since this list?
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#503936 - Wed Jan 08 2014 10:58 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: Jarvis]
wfort39663 Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Four on the last list plus five others not listed and about six non gas ones. Still Looking!
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#503945 - Thu Jan 09 2014 02:17 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: wfort39663]
redindianguy Offline
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Registered: Sat Jul 28 2012
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: wfort39663
Some of the flat style that seem to have been exclusive to Canada.
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too cools
ome of these are very close to where I live awesome






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#503955 - Thu Jan 09 2014 07:41 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: wfort39663]
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Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
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I really like these thermo's!! Great collections guys!!
The Sinclair's. The Cities. The Sunoco's of course. And the myriad of Texaco's. Very nice!!
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#503998 - Thu Jan 09 2014 01:03 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: Steven C.]
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Registered: Wed Jun 26 2013
Loc: Delhi Ontario Canada
Those are some cool thermometers. Here is my only one.

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#504001 - Thu Jan 09 2014 02:05 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: Johnay]
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.. cool


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#504055 - Thu Jan 09 2014 07:01 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: advertologist]
wfort39663 Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Randy , you know how to tease a guy. Maybe someday I will get one of those.
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#504073 - Thu Jan 09 2014 08:24 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: wfort39663]
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Randy is working on getting you one Bill. He has planted it in dirt and is hoping to grow a few more by spring time.


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#534383 - Sat May 10 2014 10:25 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: Dave's Garage]
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.. cool

ebay # 181399851023


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#534390 - Sat May 10 2014 10:48 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: advertologist]
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Looks like a few collector's are already on it...up to $225.00.
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#534442 - Sat May 10 2014 06:52 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: Dave's Garage]
wfort39663 Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 24 2004
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
My brother who also collects these was the winner. I have one in my collection with red letters.
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#534445 - Sat May 10 2014 06:58 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: wfort39663]
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#677531 - Tue Jan 24 2017 10:10 AM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: wfort39663]
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Registered: Mon Jul 23 2007
Loc: Chicago, IL, USA
I have a SIGNAL Heating Oil pole sign with stop light logo. nfs.

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#677555 - Tue Jan 24 2017 04:56 PM Re: Collectible of the Month -Sign Pole Thermometers [Re: pcapell]
hawkike Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 09 2006
Loc: citrus heights ca.95610
You do and it is rare.

shocked


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