Antique Glass Gas Pump Globes

Authenticate your antique gas pump collectibles with The Authentication Company (TAC).

We are among the top authenticators of antiques and memorabilia related to gas pump collectibles. Matthews TAC members can access our certified collectibles and submit items for authentication. 


What are vintage gas pump globes?

These globes sat on top of gas pumps, poles, air meters and other places to advertise a specific brand of gas or oil company. They were internally lighted, so very visible from the road when gas stations were poorly lit. Mostly spherical, they also came in shapes like Shell's clamshell. texaco globe After WWII, gas pumps got smaller. Some featured neon lights and animated designs. As lighting improved at gas stations, the lighted gas globes were used less and less.

Dates: Gas globes were popular in the early- mid- twentieth century, produced by lots of companies include Shell, Texaco, Standard Oil, Marathon and more. They have become iconic symbols of the gasoline industry. 

Notable Features: Different "bodies" included Shoe Box Globe, milk glass body, and the popular single globe lens.

Fun Fact: During World War II, gas pump globes were made of plastic due to the shortage of resources.  


Authenticate Your Gas Globe with The Authentication Company

Is it a reproduction or an authentic gas globe? Ask TAC! Your gas pump globe collection deserves the seal of approval with expert antique authentication and tagging. When authenticating globes, we use a translucent TAC sticker. 

Matthews TAC members can access our certified collectibles, see condition details and average value. 

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