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COTM - March 2014 - Derby Oil Company
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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

AL Derby photo.JPGEarly Derby HQ.JPG
First Derby office

Derby Headquarters (2).JPG
Later Derby Building - Man I would love to own that sign!

Derby Airplane photo.JPG
Cant be a company in Wichita without a plane


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Derbygasman #517357 Fri Feb 28 2014 10:01 PM
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Now for pics of some of my Derby collection.

Blue DOC lit on red ripple.JPG
Blue DOC globe on red ripple

Regular DOC lit.JPG
Regular DOC

Derby Early Ethyl lit.JPG
Early Flexgas

Later Derby Ethyl lit.JPG
Later Flexgas


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Derbygasman #517358 Fri Feb 28 2014 10:03 PM
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More globes

Derby Star lit.JPG
Derby Star

Derby Premium lit.JPG
Derby Premium

Derby Diesel.JPG
Derby Diesel

Derby Other.JPG
Derby Plastic Globe


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Derbygasman #517359 Fri Feb 28 2014 10:05 PM
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Now for Signs

Derby 6ft DCP.JPG
Derby 6ft DCP

Derby 30 DCP.JPG
Derby 30" DCP

Derby Signs.JPG
Various Derby Signs

Rough Derby CC flange sign.JPG
Rough Credit Card flange


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Derbygasman #517361 Fri Feb 28 2014 10:15 PM
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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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Various Derby Cans

Derby car door magnet used in parades.JPG
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
Safety Training Manual from the Wichita Derby Refinery


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Derbygasman #517366 Fri Feb 28 2014 11:03 PM
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That is a nice derby collection


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s932 #517368 Fri Feb 28 2014 11:39 PM
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Here is our Derby.

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Better Picture..sorry...

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Very nice display .Thanks for posting & hosting.


Wanted TEXACO related items & SUNOCO related items .Signs -Globes et'c. Oil Cans - Grease cans .
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buzzy56 #517377 Sat Mar 01 2014 06:40 AM
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Not much Derby stuff out on the west coast. This topper is all I have..


Dennis Leith / Always looking for unusual Gilmore Oil Company items and Automobilia Displays
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pumpingethyl #517383 Sat Mar 01 2014 07:12 AM
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Thank you for the compliments.


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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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Derbygasman #517690 Sun Mar 02 2014 04:14 PM
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Great stuff everyone! When I get some time this week I'll get my Derby sign posted.


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Let's see some more i know there is some good derby stuff out there.


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Shawn Morris
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s932 #518284 Tue Mar 04 2014 10:11 PM
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I love these threads! Now I want a nice derby sign!


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