Gallery of garage art
Garages provide plenty of space to display collectibles from ball caps to original signs and pricey gas pumps. We rounded up photos of a few examples.
Before he dries off his 1964 1⁄2 Mustang convertible, Tom Whalley runs terry cloth rags through an antique wringer. The tin Gold Bond Stamps signs behind Tom hung outside a furniture store his family once owned. Gold Bond trading stamps were popular through the 1950s and '60s.
Hats hung high
Most of Tom Whalley's collection of 75-plus hats hangs in his garage. For the inexpensive display, Tom drove drywall screws evenly spaced on a 1x4" red oak molding.
Signs of distinction
Below the caps, Tom displays his collection of original and replica automobilia and "fantasy" signs (fun or clever; neither original nor replica).
Keys to relief
Restroom keys once hung inside most gas stations. Ron Hoyt believes this set in mint condition originates from the early 1930s.
A thirst for original signs
For more than 20 years, Judy Hoyt collected classic 7UP advertising signs from the mid-1950s and earlier.
From Brown's Buick barn
In rural Georgia, Lamar Brown displays Buick collectibles in his "Buick Barn." This neon sign promoting Buick's iconic automatic transmission dates to the early 1950s.
Time Passages pumps
Scott Anderson of Time Passages (see Web site on last slide) has garages full of vintage gas pumps—some dating to the 1920s—in various stages of restoration. Scott expects the restored Mobil pump by Tokheim and the Shell pump by Gilbarco would each fetch about $3,000 today. Reproduction pumps sell for about $1,500.
Garage art made affordable
Replica 14"-diameter clocks make affordable garage art. These clocks sell for about $45 from garageart.com.
Personalize your garage
There are plenty of ways to add your personal touch to the garage. For starters, here are some automobilia and petrolinia Web sites.
automobiliausa.com Reproduction signs and clocks
checktheoilmagazine.com "Check The Oil!" magazine for collectors
garageart.com Original and replica collectibles, including neon and clocks
iowagas.com The largest North American show of automobilia and petrolinia with about 180 vendors. First weekend of August in Des Moines, Iowa
logoproducts4less.com Reproduction signs and neon signs
oldgas.com Great entry point to historical information, dealers, collectibles, and upcoming shows
pcmpublishing.com Petroleum Collectibles Monthly and other reference material
summer-snowstorm.com Gas and oil advertising collectibles
time-pass.com Specializing in gas-pump restorations and parts
tinsigns.com Reproduction signs, thermometers, and switch plates