Oldgas.com Home  

Click here for Petro Porcelain Sign auction listings


Home | Help | Events | Auctions | Parts | Pictures | Links | Contact
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
#590361 Sun Jan 04 2015 05:17 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 758
W
wocopep Offline OP
Petro Enthusiast
OP Offline
Petro Enthusiast
W
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 758
Back before the days of the Interweb, Spacebook, My Face, and Computers in general: Before the days of cell phones, bag phones, and pagers: Even before crystal type two way radios, I was picking up signs, bottles, coins, and gas pumps, etc. My parents were perplexed as to this type of illness but soon found out that many were afflicted and needed help with this need to drag things home that were worthless in their opinion. I worked in a shop for my dad and was driving to the parts house when I was eleven as I wasnt that good of a mechanic,,,yet. Thats when I first saw the sign that has eluded me for almost forty years. "Can I have some of the old signs youve taken down here at the store?" Mr. Thomas looked at me with a wondering eye as he already knew of my sickness. " Boy, what would you want with that stuff, It aint worth nothin cause scrap is only a penny a hunert!" "Could I please look?" With rolling eyes, we went to the back of the store. I came away that day with a GATES rubber belt sign that I have never seen another and a CHAMPION plugs flange sign that are both still in my collection. "What about that one up in the rafters?" " Well we still sell that oil and might need it later" "You know that one was up there when we bought the building from the Chevrolet dealer". For the next twenty five years, I looked up in the rafters of that building every time I was in the back of the store. I would bring it up only occasionally not wanting to offend or alert him to my almost nervous wants. Mr Thomas helped me become who I am today. It takes an entire community to raise a child or ***** you know. I served as one of his pallbearers when cigarettes got the best of him. Later I went to see Mrs. Thomas to discuss the sign and other memerabilia. But it was not to be as the building had been sold prior to his death before the inevitable consumed him. The new owner was a man I didnt have a good feeling about. But I went to see him anyway and got the usual," I'll think about it." Over the next several years I would ask occasionally and alway got the same response. Two years ago, the building changed hands again. It took about a year to locate the owner and once again all I got was"I'll think about it". Well, never give up, even when you have written it off as a loss. A few months ago, I got a call to look at the plumbing in the building for some renovation. I really didnt want to go because of that sign and the sure fact that it was gone. Sure enough when I walked in the back and looked up in the rafters, just like I did forty years ago, it was gone.The disappointment must have been evident because the new owner asked me what was wrong. I related the story of the love affair with that sign that I could never have, just like your first crush. The guy just laughed and I immediately regretted telling him as I guessed he just didnt get it. "Why dont you take a look out back." " Is that VALVOLINE sign still here" I asked. " Back doors open". Well, I had to look at the work he wanted done before I could look out back. One of the worst hours of my life. Finishing up my notes, the new owner said, " Lock the door when you leave". Not wasting a second, I was out the door as fast as I could go. A quick search revealed nothing but normal dumpster junk. But on the second round, behind the trailer, There it was. It was later that nite when I finally got to speak with the new owner about the sign. He had spent the whole afternoon laughing about how someone could be so crazy about that stuff. When I turned in my quote for the work to be done, There was a line item for misc. credit. When he asked what that was for, I just smiled and said, "You know what ". With a big smile he said, "You are crazy, Do want it now!?" The rest is history as it now resides at my house. It still doesnt feel like it really happened. I am now trying to replace the flat panels of milk glass and get it relit as it takes twenty two light bulbs to light it.

image.jpgimage.jpgimage.jpg
Please use For Sale forums to sell

Please - NO offers to Buy or Sell in this forum category

Statements such as, "I'm thinking about selling this." are considered an offer to sell.
Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
wocopep #590362 Sun Jan 04 2015 05:25 PM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 8,818
Likes: 1
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 8,818
Likes: 1
Wow, that's an amazing sign!

I'm glad that your diligence and perseverance paid off. Sounds, like it was meant to be yours, from the beginning.


Dave GILL,
Dave's Garage & Memorabilia, Inc.
Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
wocopep #590363 Sun Jan 04 2015 05:26 PM
Joined: Jun 2012
Posts: 168
G
Petro Enthusiast
Offline
Petro Enthusiast
G
Joined: Jun 2012
Posts: 168
Great story & fantastic sign!!


Camron
Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
Gasguy77 #590366 Sun Jan 04 2015 05:38 PM
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 1,614
Likes: 68
Veteran Member
Online Content
Veteran Member
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 1,614
Likes: 68
Dreams do come true! Congratulations on a great sign and a better story.

Jim


Regards, Jim

I collect gas pump salt and pepper shakers
and the plastic coin banks made by AVSCO.
Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
SandPCollector #590367 Sun Jan 04 2015 05:41 PM
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,133
Likes: 2
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,133
Likes: 2
David,
Awesome Sign and story! Glad you ended up with itů...


Rare pumps, Chevrolet items, Goldon Tip Gasoline, Marathon (running man)
Cell # 1-502-396-3435 email lowright@aol.com
Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
LOWright #590369 Sun Jan 04 2015 05:53 PM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 178
Likes: 3
Petro Enthusiast
Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 178
Likes: 3
Perseverance and patience pay off. Congrats

Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
LOWright #590370 Sun Jan 04 2015 05:54 PM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,123
Likes: 37
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,123
Likes: 37
David, I think you and Griffin are probably the most amazing people I know when it comes to finding and getting your hands on this stuff!! It seems like so much cool stuff shows up down there and you guys always have a connection. Congrats, great story and a beautiful sign. Can't wait to see it lit up I it's former glory....GB

Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
SandPCollector #590371 Sun Jan 04 2015 05:57 PM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 6,772
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 6,772
I doubt the instant gratification crowd can appreciate your forty year quest to own that sign. Congrats on fulfilling your dream of owning it. Great sign and great story.


Wanted: Gas pump globes:Sinclair & affiliates, IL companies. Ripple bodies. Anything Sinclair, Stoll, Pierce, 4 Bros.


http://www.lastgas15.com/
Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
Lastgas15 #590375 Sun Jan 04 2015 06:15 PM
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 201
Petro Enthusiast
Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 201
Great story and superb sign.
It was meant to be yours. I can't wait to see it lit up.
Thanks for sharing your story with us.
Congrats, Mike


Collecting Conoco, Gates Rubber & Tires, B.F. Goodrich, Cliff Brice, Vickers, Mobil, National Refining Co., Philco, Ma Bell and Pikes Peak Hill Climb!
Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
Lastgas15 #590376 Sun Jan 04 2015 06:17 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,990
Likes: 54
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,990
Likes: 54
Nice to have forty years for a quest! May I be so lucky. But very nicely done regardless.

Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
Gasman84470 #590377 Sun Jan 04 2015 06:20 PM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 1,391
Likes: 4
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 1,391
Likes: 4
Awesome!!!


I like SINCLAIR and old American made stuff ... No china items.
Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
1965CHPCSP #590378 Sun Jan 04 2015 06:22 PM
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 12,271
Likes: 10
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 12,271
Likes: 10
Amazing story! Amazing sign! Congratulations!


Everything Cities Service
Specializing in old Gas Pumps
kwfrith@gondtc.com
Cell#-701-739-6133
Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
K W FRITH #590379 Sun Jan 04 2015 06:28 PM
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 15,792
Likes: 595
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 15,792
Likes: 595
congratulations, please post when lit up... cool


RANDY
Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
advertologist #590380 Sun Jan 04 2015 06:37 PM
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,055
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,055
Fantastic sign!

Re: Is that VALVOLINE sign still here?
Neil Gerrard #590383 Sun Jan 04 2015 06:48 PM
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,841
Veteran Member
Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,841
Awesome sign and even greater story!


I am always looking for anything Texaco or Oklahoma oil and gas company's, also I am a newbie at seeking globes.
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3

Moderated by  Oldgas, Ryan Underthun, Watchdog9 

Link Copied to Clipboard

Click here for Gas Pump auction listings

Copyright © 2021 Primarily Petroliana Interactive, All Rights Reserved

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.4