Golden Age of Glass Gas Globes

As roads improved across the United States in the early part of the 20th century travel by automobile increased in ease and service stations sprung up beside the new highways and byways to sell food and fuel.


Historic Gilmore Pump at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles

Lighting along the way was mostly non-existent so in the dark of night sometimes the only way a driver could see a station was by the Glow Of their Glass Gaspump Globes. By this marker they knew the station was open, what brand of gas was in the pump and what Grade was being sold.


By the 1960 almost all the old fashioned Globe Pumps had been replaced with shorter more modern versions.

They have certainly not disappeared from the scene however with originals being sold to museums and collectors while reproductions add a touch of nostalgia to everything from banks to clocks and as living rooms instead of service islands.


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8 thoughts on “Golden Age of Glass Gas Globes

  1. Thank you for your simple and lovely post. History means different things to different kinds of folks. These pumps hold meaning for travelers, historians, and hotrodders alike. Thanks again.

  2. They seem more “real”, those now old-fashioned things. ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Great colors. I’ve got a few old signs and love to look at them. These pump signs are wonderful.

  4. I love to see bits of history. – Margy

  5. I’m certain they were a “welcomed” sign to travelers. They really are neat looking.

  6. Oh, how things have changed, – now one watches to see the enormous price of gasoline under neon lights instead of these lovely glowing globes…

  7. I have learned quite a bit about the Globes from watching “American Pickers”
    Love this vintage stuff.

  8. What a neat piece of technology history!

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