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#405418 - Thu Mar 28 2013 01:37 PM Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
I picked up a matchbook from the Johnson High Test Oil Company of Freeport Illinois...

Does anyone have any insight into the History of this Company and their products? Most notably their: "Jonsunite True Gasoline" and their HI-DUTY Motor Oil...

I found an image of a "rocker" that sold late last year on Ebay....





I noticed that Noah, also had a matchbook cover from the Company, For Sale the other day...
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#405419 - Thu Mar 28 2013 01:40 PM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Bob Richards]
Gas globe guy Offline
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Registered: Sat Mar 24 2012
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Here is another matchbook, it is different color. 350286152754


Edited by Gas sign guy (Thu Mar 28 2013 01:40 PM)
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#405421 - Thu Mar 28 2013 01:46 PM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Gas globe guy]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Thanks Noah, I bought it... Also you might want to delete some of your PMs? You have "hit your limit"....
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#405424 - Thu Mar 28 2013 02:00 PM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Bob Richards]
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I deleted some.
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#405557 - Thu Mar 28 2013 10:30 PM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Gas globe guy]
Dave's Garage Offline
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Loc: Abbotsford, British Columbia, ...
Save everyone from having to search the e-Bay listing. Here's the matchbook Bob just bought:


Attachments
Matchbook.JPG


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#405762 - Fri Mar 29 2013 08:09 PM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Dave's Garage]
Hud Oil Offline
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Registered: Sat Oct 30 2004
Loc: Belvidere,IL 61008
Bob
Johnson High test was in the 30's and later converted to Mobil
they were located in Freeport IL , just 40 west of us and we are in Belvidere, IL , out side of Rockford, IL
I have some of their items, the 5 gal. Rocker can, 1 gal flat can, a 24 inch Porcelain Curb sign with correct base and 20 x 21 inch Porcelain Flange sign. Have not seen any other items. I'm sure they didn't have many stations as Freeport was and still is a small city.
Wendell

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#405792 - Fri Mar 29 2013 09:45 PM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Hud Oil]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Wendell, would it be possible to see some photos of your Johnson items?

Any idea when the Company was acquired by Mobil?

For Johnson High Test to advertise that one could now buy their oil in "Tamper-proof cans" tells me that the matchbook covers are from around '32-'35...

From research I've done, it seems that most Oil Company's didn't advertise that their oil was being sold in sealed cans after '35.... As it had become 2nd nature for the consumer to look for sealed cans at their local station and/or garage...


Edited by Bob Richards (Fri Mar 29 2013 09:50 PM)
Edit Reason: I didn't like my phrasing
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#405810 - Fri Mar 29 2013 11:02 PM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Bob Richards]
Hud Oil Offline
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Registered: Sat Oct 30 2004
Loc: Belvidere,IL 61008
Bob
I sent you a Pm
Wendell

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#405811 - Fri Mar 29 2013 11:08 PM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Hud Oil]
iowaoil Offline
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Registered: Tue Aug 15 2006
Loc: Chicago Suburbs
That rocker is the one that I sold last year, after I upgraded the one I had.

They had at least 1 station, but I believe several, in Dubuque, Iowa. I'll dig up the photo or two that I have.

In addition to what Wendell has, I had a 5 lb Grease Can, a 5 Quart Can, and 1 or 2 different quart cans.
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#405816 - Sat Mar 30 2013 12:14 AM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: iowaoil]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Great info Nathan! I look forward to any images and info that you can/will share!!

I have a small "collection" of Johnson Oil/Brilliant Bronze items and it would be great to have info on a Company that was so close in name....
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#405913 - Sat Mar 30 2013 02:48 PM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Bob Richards]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Wendell has shared some of his images and they are terrific!







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#405936 - Sat Mar 30 2013 04:07 PM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Bob Richards]
iowaoil Offline
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Registered: Tue Aug 15 2006
Loc: Chicago Suburbs
I sold that flange to Wendall in 2004. It came from an antique dealer that bought it from someone that had found it on their farm in Dubuque, Iowa.

They found it in their horse field when they were walking through and saw the flange part sticking up out of the dirt. Naturally they dug it up. I cleaned the heck out of it once i got it.

I've never seen another!
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#700485 - Wed Dec 13 2017 10:19 AM Re: Wanted info on Johnson High Test Oil Company [Re: Bob Richards]
J Miley Offline
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Registered: Wed Dec 13 2017
Loc: Illinois, USA
Hi Bob,

I just found some historical pictures with my great grandpa, Guy Lomax and his gas station in Forreston, Illinois. It mentions Johnson High Test Oil, and I believe my great uncle Charlie and/or Harold Johnson owned it or at least sold it.

Did you find anything out about the matchbook?

I have a picture of the article in the paper about it if you are interested. Email me at jodimiley@gmail.com.

Jodi

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