Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo!

Posted by: NationsAttic

Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Sun Oct 01 2017 10:38 PM

Last week we had the fortune of picking up a really nice Phillips 66 curb or lubester sign. The seller mentioned that his grandfather owned a gas station during the 1930's until 1965. He had inherited the sign years ago but no longer had a place for it.

After making a deal, we picked the sign up. It was actually better than anticipated - a beauty with the original ring and base marked Phillips Petroleum Co.



After talking to the owner a bit he mentioned that he had a photo of his grandfathers station and it showed the sign - wow! Below is a photo of the station in Iowa and to the left edge is the sign.





The owner was kind enough to provide us a copy of the photo as shown above. He said the station was on the first level and his grandparents lived on the second level. It wasn't until 1952 that they had running water! Lastly he mentioned that the "station" and now a house is still there. Below is a Google Street View of the actual location at the same angle - how cool. It looks like at some point the owners added on to the house where the pumps were located. I wonder if they know that section was a gas pump island for decades?



While rare, it's always such a thrill to see something like this sign in its original location in a photo. One day I hope to have a reason to drive by this house and share with them this bit of history. Enjoy!

Don
Posted by: advertologist

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Sun Oct 01 2017 10:46 PM

sign is in xlnt condition with all the documentation- cool story, congratulations .. ... cool
Posted by: advertologist

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Sun Oct 01 2017 10:48 PM

appears the little shed that was on the back of the gas station is still now on the back of the house .. ... cool
Posted by: NationsAttic

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Sun Oct 01 2017 10:55 PM

Thanks. I couldn't believe it when searching the Google street view and finding it!
Posted by: Steven C.

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Mon Oct 02 2017 03:57 AM

Wow, awesome sign!! Phillips logo looks great on that white background!
Posted by: ironheadtom

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Mon Oct 02 2017 01:03 PM

Great sign and story smile
Posted by: Derbygasman

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Mon Oct 02 2017 06:03 PM

Nice sign Don!
Posted by: SandPCollector

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Mon Oct 02 2017 06:07 PM

The sign is really cool, but the story (with photos!) is fantastic! Congratulations, nice to have a piece with that amount of documented history to go with it.
Posted by: Steven C.

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Mon Oct 02 2017 06:53 PM

I couldn't agree more with your posting g and what others have said. Seeing a piece in an old photo just brings it home. Brings it alive. Makes it real. I hope to some day be able to display many of my pieces with a photo hanging right next to it. Showing it in its proper environment.
Posted by: DWSheffer

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Mon Oct 02 2017 07:30 PM

Very nice....always great to hear when someone finds a sign with documentation and a photo of it in it's original environment. I am lucky to own one sign from Hillsdale from the 1920's, along with a photo of it on the building. Agreed, doesn't get much better than that! Congrats on the buy.
Darin
Posted by: BrianH

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Mon Oct 02 2017 08:19 PM

Great sign and great story. The story, photos and the sign really bring home the passage of time and the changes. The only thing that hasn't changed much is the sign! Cool story.

BrianH
Posted by: Oldgas

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Mon Oct 02 2017 09:06 PM

Great find and wonderful story. Made my day!
Posted by: NationsAttic

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Mon Oct 02 2017 11:18 PM

Thanks everyone! Tonight I followed up with the seller of the sign. He told me his family sold the house in the 1970's. Apparently 1965 is when the station closed and became a full time house. It is located in Northern Iowa. Hopefully one day I will have a reason to be in the area. I don't know if showing the current home owner a photo of the property from the 1930's as a gas station would excite them or not, but I will keep you all updated.

Don
Posted by: Speedracer

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Thu Oct 05 2017 11:09 AM

Great story.
Posted by: bsplichal95

Re: Phillips 66 Curb Sign - Shown In Original Photo! - Sun Oct 08 2017 09:37 PM

Love it!! The story and history on that is so great. Congratulations.