COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives

Posted by: BryceG

COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 04:57 PM

Over some time now, I've been saving various links to all of the past COTM (Company or Collectible of the Month) threads. They are all still great reference/reading material, but some pictures are now gone.

I don't have them all I'm sure, but here's what I have compiled... (I also did not include any Globe of the Month threads)

Perhaps Jim can make this the new pinned post at the top of this section instead of the current COTM topic that is outdated?

COTM Refernce Chart (Company/Collectible of the Month)
Jan-04 - Kendall - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000435.html
Feb-04 - Imperial - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000474.html
Mar-04 - Tidewater - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000512.html
Apr-04 - Johnson Oil - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=95797&
May-04 - Signal - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=108375
Jun-04 - Sinclair - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=101494
Jul-04 - Union - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000682.html
Aug-04 - Lion - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000725.html
Sep-04 - Hi-Speed - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000760.html
Oct-04 - Texaco - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000787.html
Nov-04 - Gilmore - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=97898
Dec-04 - Kerr-McGee (Deep Rock) - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000873.html
Jan-05 - Phillips 66 - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000925.html
Feb-05 - STANOCOLA - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=93898
Mar-05 - Mobil - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000993.html
Apr-05 - Richfield - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001032.html
May-05 - Martin - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001066.html
Jun-05 - Standard Oil of Kentucky (KYSO) - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001104.html
Jul-05 - Red Indian (McColl Frontenac) - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001138.html
Aug-05 - Chevron - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001159.html
Sep-05 - Stoll - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001195.html
Oct-05 - Gulf - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001232.html
Nov-05 - Zephyr - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001272.html
Dec-05 - Old Dutch - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001295.html
Jan-06 - Standard Oil of Indiana - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001320.html
Feb-06 - Quaker State - http://oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=92594
Mar-06 - Dixie - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001392.html
Apr-06 - Powerine - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001432.html
May-06 - Keystone - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001468.html
Jul-06 - Marathon - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=78948
Aug-06 - Leonard Refineries - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001539.html
Sep-06 - SOHIO - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001569.html
Nov-06 - Frontier - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001618.html
Dec-06 - Shell - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001635.html
Jan-07 - Cities Service - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001673.html
Feb-07 - Oilzum (White & Bagley) - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=80420
Apr-07 - Pennzoil - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=96532
May-07 - British-American (B/A) - http://oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=103010
Jun-07 - D-X (Mid-Continent) - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001829.html
Jul-07 - Illinois Farm Supply - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001853.html
Aug-07 - Conoco - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=83685
Sep-07 - Ashland Oil - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=86665
Oct-07 - Aetna - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=102060
Nov-07 - Pure - http://www.oldgas.com/shoptalk/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001960.html
Dec-07 - Atlantic - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=84437
Feb-08 - Colorado Brands - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=103476
Aug-09 - License Plate Toppers - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=147950
Sep-09 - Advertising Clocks - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=150809
Oct-09 - Rocker Cans - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=154491
Apr-10 - Motor Oil Signs - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=181882
Sep-10 - Outdoor Stuff - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=202808
Feb-11 - Curb Signs - http://oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=230633
Jul-11 - Bling - Neon & Light-Ups - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=262549
Sep-12 - TBA: Exide - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=355872
Oct-12 - TBA: Prestone - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=360377
Dec-12 - TBA: Schrader & Son's - http://oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=375799
Dec-12 - COOP & Farm Brands - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=378875
Jan-13 - TBA: Champion Spark Plugs - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=386369
Jan-13 - Tydol/Veedol - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=382694
Feb-13 - Tidewater - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=382694
Mar-13 - TBA: Weed Tire Chains - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=401486
Mar-13 - Sinclair - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=383122
Apr-13 - TBA: Firestone - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=409071
Apr-13 - SOCONY - http://oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=406350
May-13 - Mobil - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=637756
Jun-13 - TBA: Goodyear Tires - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=420785
Jun-13 - Pure - http://oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=419359
Jul-13 - TBA: US Tires - http://oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=430569
Jul-13 - Texaco - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=426740
Aug-13 - Lion Oil Co. - http://oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=452651
Sep-13 - TBA: Auto Enamel Companies - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=463762
Sep-13 - Richfield - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=459881
Oct-13 - Gilmore - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=466849
Nov-13 - Cities Service - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=488950
Dec-13 - Favorite Pieces - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=495595
Jan-14 - Kerr-McGee (Deep Rock) - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=501992
Feb-14 - Independent Oil Companies - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=510256
Mar-14 - Derby Oil Co. - http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=517356
Posted by: Keystone Gas Man

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 05:08 PM

Thanks Bryce, This is great !!
Posted by: mrcavalcade

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 05:08 PM

Great job Bryce!
Posted by: Mike M.

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 05:25 PM

Nice job Bryce thank you very much !!!
Posted by: advertologist

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 05:54 PM

Originally Posted By Mike M.
Nice job Bryce thank you very much !!!


X2.. ... cool
Posted by: Steven C.

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 06:11 PM

Awesome post Bryce!!!
It's nice to see something other than
this is for sale
or that is for sale
or how much is this worth
or how do I clean pigeon cr@p of my porcelain sign
or my sister need a damn present for her husband or....

Except one little problem.
No Sunoco!!


Just kidding of course!!!
I love this post!!!
Posted by: Wes Maxwell

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 06:15 PM

Probably the main reason Old Gas is so much better for collector information than Facebook. The searchable history is much better. Facebook is set up nice to post pictures and sell stuff but old Gas is a gold mine of archived information. Both are tools for the collector.
Shout our to Jim for all he has done for the sight over the years.
Posted by: Steven C.

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 06:27 PM

What's with all the old pics?
I click on Pennzoil link and all the pics are gone!!
That aint cool!!!

BTW, newer webpage format WAY COOLER!!! Don't like that old blue page.
Posted by: Bob Richards

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 06:40 PM

Steve; a lot of images were hosted by Imageshack and other image hosting sites... As such, they disappear either when a Member leaves the hosting site or just the normal turnover of filling storage space on the particular hosting site... The older the thread, the more chance some images have disappeared...

As to no SUN Oil COTM threads;... You know that the Membership only did a COTM thread on "Important Oil Company's"... LOL
Posted by: Oldgas

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 07:55 PM

Nice job, Bryce. Thanks. Lots of great info on those links.

The images missing on those older topics are due mostly to ImageShack and PhotoBucket deleting images that they host after a while. Images uploaded to Oldgas.com using File Manager will stay available on our server as long as the Oldgas.com stays online. No images are deleted to save money or make free space. Over 120,000 File Manager images so far. Another 100,000 petro images still available on our other servers at GasPumps.info and Cruisin66.com
Posted by: DWSheffer

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Fri Nov 20 2015 08:47 PM

I sure do regret not using the file manager for photos in the Mobil COTM I hosted. It sure makes for a lot of holes now. frown
Darin
Posted by: THERMOMAN

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Sat Nov 21 2015 06:15 AM

Good stuff
Posted by: Steven C.

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Sat Nov 21 2015 07:02 AM

Originally Posted By Oldgas

The images missing on those older topics are due mostly to ImageShack and PhotoBucket deleting images ...


Yah I figured that was the issue Jim.
Just went to look at the Conoco thread. Same thing. No pics.

I'm hoping guys will take note for future COTM threads and upload the images onto Oldgas instead of using a hosting site.

Maybe in time some of these threads can be recreated.
Posted by: Lastgas15

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Sat Nov 21 2015 12:12 PM

When I did the COTM on Sinclair in '04 I used AOL to host the pictures. AOL discontinued hosting pics so they were all lost. It was a ton of work to post pics back then. The direct upload we can use now eliminates about 75% of the work!

A lot of work went into all the features we did back then. Besides Company Of The Month we had Sign Of The Month, Globe Of The Month, Map Of The Month, Can Of The Month, Pump Of The Month, Restoration Of The Month, Story Of The Month, Collectible Of The Week, Collectibles Of The Month, Buys Of The Week, Found Along The Way and probably a few others that don't come to mind right now. Some were short lived, some ran for many years. They all took a lot of effort by someone for the benefit of all.
Posted by: richlube

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Sat Nov 21 2015 04:34 PM

i hope jim does not mind me sharing this.
Nearly every picture that was uploaded to our site since 1996 is still on one of our servers. All of those will display on the appropriate page. The missing pictures were uploaded to 3rd party hosts like ImageShack, PhotoBucket and others. Most of those hosts will delete images off of their servers after a period of time. Oldgas.com has only deleted images in a small handful of cases, usually involving copyright or privacy issues, never to save money or free up space. Our current File Manager upload process is set up to keep images online as long as the site is online. Over 120,000 images have been uploaded via File Manager to Oldgas.com in the last couple years.

When you see the "X" or empty box for a missing image, right click on it and choose "Properties" or "View Image Info" to see the .com address of where the image used to be. Sometimes there is no placemarker for a missing image, so the original host would be more technical to figure out.

The large numbers of images and other files are part of the cost of the site. But the largest cost factor is the number of simultaneous processes requested by many users. The oldgas.com server gets over well over 150,000 page view requests per day with a dozen or more processes involved in each page view. The server is equipped with its own dual core Xeon processor, solid state hard drives and fiber optic to the Internet. Look at the fine print near the bottom of forum pages to see the speed and processes involved for that page, such as:
"Generated in 0.026 seconds in which 0.010 seconds were spent on a total of 17 queries"

It is annoying that so many older valuable topics have images that are missing. If I would have known years ago that the free image hosts would delete images, I would have started archiving those images to keep copies on our servers. You may get lucky and find some of those old topics have been archived with images at The Internet Archive Wayback Machine:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.oldgas.com
Posted by: bsplichal95

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Sun Nov 22 2015 11:12 PM

Fantastic!!
Posted by: redindianguy

Re: COTM 'Company of the Month' History & Archives - Sun Apr 03 2016 10:35 AM

awesome