Mar/Apr 2019 edition
Issue #4 AutoMobilia Resource Magazine
Steve and Kyle Johnson
Original Washington Chief Gasoline sign. This brand was created by the Inland Refinery in Spokane, Washington, which operated between 1939 and 1957. Inland had plans to open stations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The porcelain signs were produced and ready to mount as their new stations opened. Inland opened the 1st station in Spokane followed by Aberdeen, shortly thereafter they were bought out by Wasatch Oil.
The original signs went into storage with little to no value, only to start surfacing in the 1990s when a few of these signs in NOS condition turned up in an antique store in Seattle. I bought two, kept one, and sold the other. The original 6-foot signs have vibrant colors and have become very collectable and valuable. Prices for originals run between $20,000 and $75,000.
Original Signs & Reproductions
Steve and Kyle Johnson are Father and Son collector's of original gasoline advertising signs, and owner's of Garage Art, reproduction sign company