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The ones with the fat white border and thin blue line arent dated but do have a manufacturers mark at the bottom center.in this case McMath-Axilrod, Dallas. This mark is sometimes abbreviated to Mc-AX. Other pump plates of this same design are marked Texlite or Texlite-Dallas. These signs were used mostly in the southwestern states, the old marketing territory of Magnolia Petroleum.





The ones with the black border dont have a manufacturers mark or date, but some have the word gasoline at the bottom. This style also includes the pump plate referred to as the dropped-leg version, the Mobilgas Special with the rear legs covered by the A in Mobilgas. These black-bordered signs were used on the west coast, in the old marketing territory of General Petroleum.




Like everything else in life, there arent many absolutes. You CAN find old original pump plates that arent as described above, like this white-border version with no manufacturers mark. However, if the sign is marked Licensed by Mobil Oil you can be 100% certain its a reproduction!!!




Heres a look at my shield wallthere are a lot of different ones to collect, and quite a few others not shown here that Id like to add to the collection.





That's it for this installment.....I'm off to Peotone. More to come on Monday. Feel free to overload the system with pictures over the weekend!!!



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RICHARD...WHAT AN AMAZING JAW DROPPING PICTURE THAT WALL OF YOURS IS! WOW THANKS FOR SHARING THAT! MY DROOL BUCKET RUNNETH OVER!

HOPE YOU FIND THE MISSING LINK FOR THAT SPOT IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER! MAN - THAT IS DEDICATION!

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How about a Socony pump to go with this post.

Al Barrows (ranchpump) sent me this photo of a G&B curb pump taken at the transportation museum in Maine. Al and I agree that this is a great color scheme for this little curb pump.



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Hello Richard, the I-R stands for Ingram-Richardson. I believe they changed from blue- to blue/white border in 1954.
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Thanks Claes - Fast 66 for the data on Ingram-Richardson.....I went back and updated the original post to include this corrected information.

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The two most widely known Mobil trademarks are the red Pegasus and the Gargoyle. Both were first used by Vacuum Oil Company. Originally the Pegasus image was white rather than red, and was first used by Vacuum Oil South Africa in 1911. It was later colored red by the company affiliate in Japan. Below is a look at how Pegasus changed over the years.





The Gargoyle image was more widely used by Vacuum Oil in the U.S. and Europe. The dictionary describes a gargoyle as a spout in the form of a grotesque human or animal figure projecting from a roof gutter to throw rainwater clear of a building. Im not sure how that fits with a petroleum product used for lubrication..but it does rhyme with oil and no one else was using it, so why not? Like the Pegasus, the first Gargoyle image was colored white rather than red. Here are pictures of two Gargoyle images that were usedif you know of others or have a Gargoyle progression like the one shown above for Pegasus, please share it with us!!






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Richard great Mobil pump plates .......What a collection.The information is terrific and to think theres more.
Vacuum tin sign from Australia neat graphic of a visible pump.This sign was found tacked to a wall covering a hole 3 inches of the sign were cut off.

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I'm really enjoying this very informative COTM. Can't wait for the next installment.
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It wasnt just Pegasus and Gargoyle images, however. Mobil companies used a number of mythical and real critter images over the years. Wasnt it that famous philosopher Winnie the Pooh who said Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my? Well Mobils been there, done thatas shown below:














(I think the Sphinx is a lion with a mans face, right?)


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Mobil companies also used elephants, eagles, roosters, and some sort of mythical bird.probably a phoenix..as shown here:











Now don't be bashful.....if you know of other "critter" trademarks used by the Mobil family of companies, let's see 'em.....


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Here is my blunt nose critter......Can't seem to find the full feather critter guess he flew away...

Rumor has it the White Eagle flew off with the Gargoyle.......

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I LOVE THIS COTM...I will post some pictures tonight of some of my Mobil stuff.

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This is one of my favorite MOBIL signs its DSP both sides grade 9+/- the shelving is great.We think this sign was 1 of 3 different that were attached and toured the country introducing Mobil Oil Special.

The next photo shows more Mobil signs and well lookey here..... that full feather critter showed up.

Wadhams transitional sign.


Magnolia and nite watchman.

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Rex, beautiful collection and I'm sitting here with my mouth open. One favor please, can you remove the Wadhams stuff before you post these pics, I can't take any more (LOL).


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As mentioned previously, the most widely used Mobil shield had five points and was basically square (as wide as it is tall). That wasnt always the case. Scroll back up to the last post by Kysoilman..look closely at the second image..specifically the large red Mobilubrication sign at the top. Its in the shape of a five-point shield, except its much wider than it is tall. Heres a few more examples of the shield where the basic 5-point shield shape was used but the details and dimensions are somewhat different.












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