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#517356 - Fri Feb 28 2014 10:59 PM COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company
Derbygasman Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 17 2012
Loc: Wichita, KS
Shawn asked if I would be interested in hosting the COTM this month and decided to give it a shot. I have been collecting over 10 years but switched to focusing on local Wichita brands including Derby and Vickers a little over 3 years ago. OldGas is a great site and I have learned a lot from the friends I have met on the site. Here's more history than you probably want to know on Derby thanks to the Sedgwick County Historical Museum and Scott's globe CD(thanks):

Archibald Leon "AL" Derby got the oil bug early. He followed the wells west from Pennsylvania & landed in Arkansas City, Kansas. In 1916, Derby worked as a wildcatter, drilling wells in Western KS but dreamed of establishing his own integrated oil operation that controlled the entire process from exploration through retail sales.

Derby moved to Wichita, KS in 1917 after the Butler County strike and became a partner in an oil brokerage firm. He moved swiftly into oil leasing and production, operating under the name of The Great plains Petroleum Company. In 1922 he purchased the assets of a refinery and pipeline operation and organized The Derby Oil Company. Within three years, Derby owned more than 100 filling stations between Denver and Omaha, including 13 in the Wichita area alone.

In 1926, the company sold off its bulk oil and service stations to Marland Oil Company(later Conoco) to raise enough money to expand and improve his refinery and drilling operations. The sale included a 5 year non-compete provision, but as soon as the period was up, Al Derby jumped back into the service station business.

In the late 1930's, Derby was instrumental in the creation of Sovereign Service, a marketing organization for independent dealers supported by a number of mid-continent refiners. After World War II, Derby concentrated on an expanding chain of retail service stations as well as numerous dealer operated units and a large jobber/marketing arrangement with Plester. In 1955, Colorado Interstate Gas purchased Derby and with his large oil production system allowed for greater expansion of the Derby refining and marketing network. In 1973, Colorado Interstate Gas became part of the Coastal Corporation and in 1988 Derby stations along with others in the Coastal organization were rebranded Coastal.

Thanks Marshall


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AL Derby photo.JPG

Early Derby HQ.JPG

Description: First Derby office

Derby Headquarters (2).JPG

Description: Later Derby Building - Man I would love to own that sign!

Derby Airplane photo.JPG

Description: Cant be a company in Wichita without a plane


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#517357 - Fri Feb 28 2014 11:01 PM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: Derbygasman]
Derbygasman Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 17 2012
Loc: Wichita, KS
Now for pics of some of my Derby collection.


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Blue DOC lit on red ripple.JPG

Description: Blue DOC globe on red ripple

Regular DOC lit.JPG

Description: Regular DOC

Derby Early Ethyl lit.JPG

Description: Early Flexgas

Later Derby Ethyl lit.JPG

Description: Later Flexgas


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#517358 - Fri Feb 28 2014 11:03 PM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: Derbygasman]
Derbygasman Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 17 2012
Loc: Wichita, KS
More globes


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Derby Star lit.JPG

Description: Derby Star

Derby Premium lit.JPG

Description: Derby Premium

Derby Diesel.JPG

Description: Derby Diesel

Derby Other.JPG

Description: Derby Plastic Globe


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#517359 - Fri Feb 28 2014 11:05 PM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: Derbygasman]
Derbygasman Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 17 2012
Loc: Wichita, KS
Now for Signs


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Derby 6ft DCP.JPG

Description: Derby 6ft DCP

Derby 30 DCP.JPG

Description: Derby 30" DCP

Derby Signs.JPG

Description: Various Derby Signs

Rough Derby CC flange sign.JPG

Description: Rough Credit Card flange


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#517361 - Fri Feb 28 2014 11:15 PM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: Derbygasman]
Derbygasman Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 17 2012
Loc: Wichita, KS
I was trying originally not to purchase smalls and cans but the stuff keeps finding its way home with me. Thanks for letting me share my small collection now show me what else is out there. Thanks


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Derby Cans.JPG

Description: Various Derby Cans

Derby car door magnet used in parades.JPG

Description: Got this car door magnet from a 35 year Derby employee that drove his Model T's in parades for Derby in the 60's and 70's.

Derby Refinery in Wichita Training Manual.JPG

Description: Safety Training Manual from the Wichita Derby Refinery


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#517366 - Sat Mar 01 2014 12:03 AM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: Derbygasman]
s932 Offline
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Registered: Thu Jan 18 2007
Loc: cape girardeau. mo
That is a nice derby collection
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Originals only for me. Always looking for Simpson oil, Super A, and MFA oil cans and globes.
Shawn Morris

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#517368 - Sat Mar 01 2014 12:39 AM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: s932]
moparjess Offline
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Registered: Fri Mar 16 2012
Loc: Nebraska USA
Here is our Derby.


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IMG_20140215_185527611.jpg

IMG_20140215_190119605.jpg


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Todd & Jessica

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#517369 - Sat Mar 01 2014 01:12 AM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: moparjess]
moparjess Offline
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Registered: Fri Mar 16 2012
Loc: Nebraska USA
Better Picture..sorry...


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IMG_20140215_185957265.jpg


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#517376 - Sat Mar 01 2014 07:28 AM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: moparjess]
buzzy56 Offline
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Registered: Sat Nov 24 2012
Loc: Michigan
Very nice display .Thanks for posting & hosting.
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Wanted TEXACO related items & SUNOCO related items .Signs -Globes et'c. Oil Cans - Grease cans .

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#517377 - Sat Mar 01 2014 07:40 AM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: buzzy56]
pumpingethyl Offline
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Registered: Sun Nov 30 2008
Loc: Downey , CA
Not much Derby stuff out on the west coast. This topper is all I have..
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Dennis Leith / Always looking for unusual Gilmore Oil Company items and Automobilia Displays

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#517383 - Sat Mar 01 2014 08:12 AM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: pumpingethyl]
Derbygasman Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Wed Oct 17 2012
Loc: Wichita, KS
Thank you for the compliments.
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Always looking for more Derby, Vickers, KanOTex, & Elreco gasoline & oil items!

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#517629 - Sun Mar 02 2014 11:15 AM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: Derbygasman]
Derbygasman Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Wed Oct 17 2012
Loc: Wichita, KS
Thanks Jessica, Todd, & Dennis for posting your items. Someone else out there has got to have Derby stuff. Please post it.
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Always looking for more Derby, Vickers, KanOTex, & Elreco gasoline & oil items!

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#517690 - Sun Mar 02 2014 05:14 PM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: Derbygasman]
bsplichal95 Offline
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Registered: Sat May 26 2012
Loc: Hays, Kansas
Great stuff everyone! When I get some time this week I'll get my Derby sign posted.
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Braden Splichal


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#518050 - Tue Mar 04 2014 01:09 AM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: bsplichal95]
s932 Offline
Company of the Month Host

Registered: Thu Jan 18 2007
Loc: cape girardeau. mo
Let's see some more i know there is some good derby stuff out there.
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Originals only for me. Always looking for Simpson oil, Super A, and MFA oil cans and globes.
Shawn Morris

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#518284 - Tue Mar 04 2014 11:11 PM Re: COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company [Re: s932]
powerlube Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Sun Mar 26 2006
Loc: Parker, CO
I love these threads! Now I want a nice derby sign!
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Scott Wright

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