May/June 2019 edition
Issue #5 AutoMobilia Resource Magazine
John Mihovetz - Petroliana
As time marches forward, we are slowly losing our fellow collectors and people who had first hand experiences with Early Service Stations, and their owners & operators. Over the years, a great respect and following has grown for original Service Station photographs, and what secrets they hold. New technology has helped the way we can scan and zoom into these photographs, discovering new Globes, Cans & Signs. New discoveries are being made, and photographs are a great way of authenticating pieces never before seen, as well as helping to date some pieces to a certain time.
Sites such as USC Library, as well as Huntington Library have digitized millions of photographs starting in the 1890s, and the ability to zoom into these photos to look into Service Stations and Dealerships are second to none. The website oldgas.com also has an excellent photo archive of Service Station photos, showing thousands of Service Stations throughout the country. As the draw and demand for early Gas & Oil advertising increases, so does the chase for the extremely rare and highly sought after. Photographs are a great look into the past, and will continue to serve the hobby for years to come. Enjoy!
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John Mihovetz is an Expert and Director of Acquisitions at Morphy Auctions focusing on automobilia, petroliana and antique advertising.