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olddutchgas
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posted 12-01-2005 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for olddutchgas   Click Here to Email olddutchgas     Edit/Delete Message

Like most smaller, regional marketers not much is known about Old Dutch Refining Co. What we do know is that Old Dutch was founded in the early 1930's in Muskegon, Michigan as a refiner and marketer of gasoline, kerosene, fuel oils, and other petroleum related products. At the their high point in the late '30s there were 34 Old Dutch branded stations scattered up and down the western shoreline of Michigan's lower peninsula. Most of these stations were job operated.

Old Dutch Refining Co. felt the pressure from the WWII gas rations and by the mid-1950's Old Dutch was bought out by Aurora Gasoline Co. (marketers of the Speedway brand) of Detroit, which later became part of Marathon. After the buy out by Aurora the Old Dutch brand did not die, however. There were several marketers that kept the name and logo alive well into the 1970's. There were several Old Dutch station identifation signs with the distinctive windmill logo still hanging in front of stations into 90s, though those stations had long since stopped pumping gas.

Old Dutch was a relatively small marketer, but they produced a wide array of globes, signs, cans, and giveaways that are highly collectible today. Lets take a look at some of them!

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olddutchgas
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posted 12-01-2005 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for olddutchgas   Click Here to Email olddutchgas     Edit/Delete Message
Old Dutch had two different six foot identification signs. The first one pictured is porcelain and was likely used from the conception of the company until it was replaced by the latter variation in the 1950s.


The second sign pictured here is embossed plastic. There would be two of these signs mounted in a ring back to back with lights inside for greater visibilty at night. Interestingly, this is sign says "Old Dutch Gasoline" where as none of the Old Dutch globes known to this day have the word "gasoline" on them.

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quartcans
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posted 12-01-2005 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for quartcans   Click Here to Email quartcans     Edit/Delete Message
Aaron, Can't wait to see you and your dad's Old Dutch collection.

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Scott Shipers
WANTED: Jayhawk Oil
Kansas City, Missouri

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olddutchgas
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posted 12-02-2005 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for olddutchgas   Click Here to Email olddutchgas     Edit/Delete Message
Over the course of Old Dutch Refining Co.'s history the company utilized four different globes with the windmill logo. These globes are quite popular and very attractive, too.The three gill body variations would have been used in the mid-30s through the mid-40s. The only capco version would likely have come into production following WWII and was used until the end of the company.

The first globe pictured here is found on a screw base clear ripple body. Old Dutch used clear ripples extensively, though they did also use milkglass gill bodies, too. Collectors today will often put these lenses on blue ripple bodies, though not correct, the result is an extremely beautiful globe. The Old Dutch Economy is far from common, but this globe does turn up more often than the other gill bodied globes.

The plain Old Dutch on gill is probably the most uncommon variation of the different Old Dutch globes.

This Old Dutch Quality globe is pictured on a screw base gill body.

The only plastic bodied globe Old Dutch used matches the porcelain station identically. This particular globe is common compared to the other 3 variations, though they are still challenging to find if you want one.

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posted 12-02-2005 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lastgas15   Click Here to Email Lastgas15     Edit/Delete Message
Killer globes!
I'm thinking blue ripple........


Great COTM so far. Can't wait to see more!

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olddutchgas
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posted 12-04-2005 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for olddutchgas   Click Here to Email olddutchgas     Edit/Delete Message

Shown here is an example of the pump plates used by Old Dutch Refining Co. The plates are embossed tin and come in both Regular and Ethyl. These signs are quite uncommon and are rarely seen in excellent condition.

Lets see any of your Old Dutch stuff, too!

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olddutchgas
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posted 12-05-2005 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for olddutchgas   Click Here to Email olddutchgas     Edit/Delete Message

This one quart can is quite rare. If anyone out there has another one, please post it or let me know as I have never seen another example of the Old Dutch cans. There was also and Old Dutch company out of Texas that had a much more detailed windmill logo, but the two companies were unafiliated.

Though Old Dutch did refine their own gasoline and motor oils and marketed their own products, often times they would just sell "name brand" oil (Quaker State, for example) at their stations which makes any oil container from this company rare.

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posted 12-05-2005 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chevelle SS   Click Here to Email Chevelle SS     Edit/Delete Message
Great information and very interestng. Now if I ever see any Old Dutch stuff in my travels I will know a little about it. Thanks for sharing.

Chevelle SS

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Kysoilman
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posted 12-05-2005 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kysoilman   Click Here to Email Kysoilman     Edit/Delete Message
YOU CANT TOP THOSE GLOBES JUST BEAUTIFUL!
...THANKS MORE...MORE...MORE
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REX LIKES MORE

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Jarvis
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posted 12-06-2005 06:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jarvis   Click Here to Email Jarvis     Edit/Delete Message
Great job Aaron! I agree... the ripple would look killer blue and then you could sell me that one. LOL
Looking good!

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olddutchgas
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posted 12-06-2005 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for olddutchgas   Click Here to Email olddutchgas     Edit/Delete Message
Old Dutch marketed their premium gasoline under the Aro-Speed name and logo.

The Aro-Speed globe shown above is on a rare oval glass body. There are only a couple of these globes in collections today. No other oval Old Dutch globes are known to exist, but it could be a possibility.

This example of an Aro-Speed globe is just as uncommon as the oval. The lenses are reverse painted, flat pieces of glass that were likely made up by a local sign shop to serve until regular production globes came in. These lenses are for a gill body.

Pictured here is an example of the ad glass used in Aro-Speed pumps.


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posted 12-06-2005 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for big cheese   Click Here to Email big cheese     Edit/Delete Message
super nice stuff for sure, keep it coming, cheese.

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olddutchgas
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posted 12-08-2005 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for olddutchgas   Click Here to Email olddutchgas     Edit/Delete Message
Great looking pump, Cheese!

Old Dutch Refining produced four different styles of maps over the years that they were in business. Here they are.

I am not a map guy at all, so I cannot be of much assistance as to what years the various maps were used.

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posted 12-09-2005 06:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Rowlison   Click Here to Email Dave Rowlison     Edit/Delete Message


OLD DUTCH BLOTTER

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posted 12-09-2005 06:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Rowlison   Click Here to Email Dave Rowlison     Edit/Delete Message


OLD DUTCH TAPE MEARSURE

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