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Oil Heats Best – Costs Less – Wakefield – Bronx, NY

White Plains Road – From the book Fading Ads of NYC (History Press, 2011) © Frank H. Jump

Featured Fade – Nick Hirshon – W.H. Smith Hardware Co – Wholesale Since 1874 – Oil & Gas Museum – Parkersburg, WV

Lumbering, Tackle, Chain Dog. ??? Grayscale- CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE © Nick Hirshon

Men of West Virginia, 1903 – © Google Books

W.H. Smith Hardware Company Building, also known as the Oil and Gas Museum of the Oil, Gas and Industrial Historical Association, is a historic commercial building located at Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. It was built in 1899, on the foundation of a building built about 1874. It is a four-story, masonry building with Romanesque Revival architectural details. The rectangular building measure 60 feet by 120 feet, with an 18 feet by 12 feet outcrop. It housed the W.H. Smith Hardware Company until the 1980s. It now houses the Oil and Gas Museum. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. - Wikipedia

W.H. Smith Company was founded in 1886 by William H. Smith and for decades occupied the W.H. Smith Hardware building in downtown Parkersburg. In 1975 Vin Rathbone purchased the company from William A. Smith and in the 1980s moved the company to its current location on DuPont Road in Parkersburg.  W.H.Smith Company, a certified small business, has a proud history dating back more than 135 years – and is a leader in producing Hose Assemblies and Systems and Load Securing and Material Handling Products, primarily for military applications. We provide value added services including assembly, light fabrication, welding, painting and testing. - WH Smith Co. Website


Mobilgas Pump – Rapid City, SD

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Lowlands Correspondent – Gaia Son – Total – Essence – Gas Station – Lens, FR


© Gaia Son

Remembering Cheaper Gas – $2.49 a gallon – Wyoming, July 2009

© Frank H. Jump

Featured Fade – John A. Murray- Plumbers, Steam, Gas & Mill Supplies – David Silver – Midtown, NYC


Reprostat Corp – Printing & Graphics – Steam & Gas – Midtown, NYC

© Frank H. Jump

Lowlands Correspondent: Gaia Son – Gerard M. Dee – Garage – Gasoline & Oil – Leiden, NL

Breestaat 28 – Benzine & Olie © Gaia Son

Service Station No. 6 – White Rose Motor Gasoline – Greektown – Toronto, CA

750 Broadview Avenue - Greektown - Toronto © Frank H. Jump

In the early days of the Canadian Oil Refining Company (1901-1904) and the Canadian Oil Company (1904 -1908), gasoline was an almost useless by-product of the petroleum refining process. So much so that gasoline was only casually mentioned in their early advertising. It wasn’t even given a ‘brand’ name. However , by the time The National Refining Company (Ohio) purchased controlling interest in the company (Dec. 1908) , the automobile craze was about to boom. The new Model T Ford, introduced October 1 , 1908 at $1150 (Cdn.), would fall to a low of $395 (1925) and be within the reach of much of the population . Gasoline would no longer be that useless by-product.Canadian Oil Companies Ltd. now had Nationals, “White Rose Gasoline” brand name , the market and the product . How could they go wrong? – J. Williams – White Rose Motor Gasoline

White Rose Motor Gasoline - Vintage Signs - J Williams

Featured Fading Ad Artist: John Baeder – Vita-Var Paints – Fischer & Kaufman Housewares – Standard Gasoline – West Orange, NJ

Main Street - West Orange, NJ - July 2010 © Vincenzo Aiosa

Collage by Frank H. Jump - CLICK FOR LARGER PDF

Vita-Var logo - Trademark info @ Trademarkia

On Monday, August 02, 1976, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for VITA-VAR. This trademark is owned by ELT, Inc., BALTIMORE , 21230 . The USPTO has given the VITA-VAR trademark serial number of 73095244. The current federal status of this trademark filing is EXPIRED on 12/9/1997 – Trademarkia

Vita Var Paints Tin Flange Sign - Proxibid

Artist: John Baeder - Title: Vita Var Paints, Delaware, N.J. Work Date: 1980 Medium: watercolor on paper - Image courtest of the artist © John Baeder 1986

John Baeder is one of the best known of the Photorealists. His popular paintings and prints of roadside diners so capture the pulse of America that his images have entered the secondary market as reproductions on posters, calendars, and postcards (here the energy comes full circle, as old postcards were an important source of inspiration for the paintings). – Virginia Bonito

SIGN LANGUAGE, Street Signs as Folk Art”, Abrams, 1996 – John Baeder – Amazon Books