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Hey there, has anyone come across a stamp like this? It is listed in a local auction as a Vintage Mobil Gas Stamp.
Not sure if it is to good to be true? smile Not sure what it would stamp , being so small.
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Possibly a printer's stamp for advertising?


Regards, Jim

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and the plastic coin banks made by AVSCO.
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Yes a printers block.


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A printers block! Thank you, I couldn't recall the correct term.


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As noted, it's a letterpress advertising cut. Originals were used by both job shop printers (letterheads, receipt pads and brochures) and by newspapers (for preparation of customer ads) back in the day. I know if sounds weird, but a number of these original gas/oil and automobile brand were reproduced in the 1970's. Both everyday and exotic brands were done. You could come upon a "Duesenberg" automobile printer's ad cut at a swap meet or antique shop, and think you really had something because of the rarity of the car brand. However, it most likely was a repro. Original letterpress ad cuts will usually show signs of wear on the metal face, or stains from ink on the wood body of the block itself. Beware of any that seem fresh or unused.

I've sold a number of original ad cuts at swap meets over the years. A Mobilgas one, in the size pictured, would find a buyer in the $25 to $30 price range, mainly because of the brand popularity. Of course, who knows what might happen in an auction, ESPECIALLY if a couple of bidders who NEVER bother going to a swap meet get interested in an item. John

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I believe we have one just like yours squirrelled away somewhere. You figure every local newspaper needed one, must be a few out there.


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Yes, Paul, this is not a rare piece. Nice for a MOBIL collector to have in the case or on the shelf...but not rare. John


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