Vintage Gas Station Memorabilia

One of the trickiest components of the decor of a home or business to incorporate into a theme is the timepiece. Many clocks are simple, basic clocks that help people tell time, but do very little in the way of complimenting the theme of your room or establishment. Digital clocks often come with a lot of features too, such as outside temperature, humidity, and it can seem like they provide people with a lot of value, but what if there was more value in the visual aesthetics of the memorabilia you include? What could a gas station clock do for the overall atmosphere you’re attempting to create? Would more people be attracted to your room with the final piece for your garage, workshop, game room, or business if one of these beautiful pieces of memorabilia was part of your collection?mobil-gas-clock

Light Up Clocks Really Do More Than Tell Time

It’s often said that there isn’t enough time to do everything we want to do in any given day. With clocks on smart phones and tablets, people are abandoning their traditional timepieces like watches because they can see the time every time they use their phone to call or text someone. Did you know that people utilize clocks to adjust the pace of their day so they can make sure to accomplish as much as possible? When there is a light up clock on the wall that clearly displays the time at any time of day, people will utilize these clocks more than a watch or smart phone because the time can be told at a glance. This means a well-placed gas station clock that will help to motivate!

Gas Station Clocks Aren’t Bad Gifts At All!

It’s been said that giving the gift of a clock is a bad thing. Now if a younger person were to give an older person a clock as a gift, it could be considered rude because the gift could be perceived as a reminder that the older person doesn’t potentially have as much time left in this world. Some may choose not to give the gift of a clock because it sinclair-dina-gas-clockseems like it won’t actually fit in with the environment that someone is trying to create. Gas station clocks solve both problems because although you may be giving the gift of a clock, you’re also giving a great gift of memorabilia that reflects personal affiliations.

Gas station clocks come in a number of different styles:

  • There are many light up clocks with popular logos and branding, such as Sunoco and Polly Gas
  • There are multiple colors that help to compliment any décor, from the traditional white background to yellow to blue or even black
  • There are gas station clocks that are reflective of vintage advertising efforts for the products the clocks represent.

Because of the uniqueness of these clocks, you won’t send the wrong message if you choose to give one as a gift. That’s especially true if you decide to give one as a gift to yourself today! Highly affordable and incredibly beautiful, these clocks are a piece of memorabilia that you’re not going to want to miss out having!

Let Your Love For Vintage Memorabilia Include a Great Clock

One you step into a room that is dedicated to vintage memorabilia, and especially to memorabilia that is of one particular brand or style, the appearance of a bland, plain clock can ruin the flow of the entire room. For this reason, many people choose not to include a clock in their decorating schemes because the blandness of a basic clock, no matter how fancy or expensive that clock might be, will ruin the environment that is being created with all of the other memorabilia.champion-spark-plugs-clock

These light up clocks that feature gas station symbols in a variety of ways do more than just compliment a garage or a workshop space. A restaurant with an automobile theme could benefit from a gas station clock because it compliments the theme of the space. A game room that focuses on Americana can benefit from one of these clocks because of the history of Route 66, the love of the traditional American road trip, and the nostalgia that these memories produce in people. Instead of allowing a room to be incomplete, you could finish off the perfect atmosphere in style with a stunning light up clock.

These Clocks Are Perfect For Every Racing Fan!

It’s been said that racing automobiles has been around ever since the second automobile was created. The love for racing cars is something that binds families together as they cheer for their favorite drivers, racing companies, and product suppliers. We feel a kindred with a driver when we can relate to them and these drivers use specific products to give them the best chance of winning, including oil and gas products by specific producers and suppliers. These brands are reflected in the light up clocks provided here, allowing you to compliment your collection of racing memorabilia.

Wouldn’t a Branded Clock Ruin the Look of Someone’s Home?

There’s no doubt that incorporating gas station clocks into the average home can be somewhat challenging. Adding a gas station logo in a light up clock wouldn’t necessarily be the first choice for the living room or the kitchen! These clocks, however, are the perfect addition to rooms or areas that don’t necessarily get a lot of love and attention… and could benefit from the use of a clock!pennzoil-gas-clock

Where are these gas station clocks often hung in the home?

  • In garages and workshops.
  • In man caves.
  • In game rooms.
  • In home bars.
  • In the miscellaneous areas.

Because we pace our day based on what the time happens to be, many people choose to have clocks sprinkled throughout the house so they can always have a reference point on the time. This is much easier than pulling out an iPhone or other smart phone to check the time… and it’s even easier than glancing at a watch! Having a variety of different clocks throughout the house gives variation, style, and a sense of what your personality is for each room. That’s why a gas station clock is often the perfect addition to one of the rooms listed above.

The Best Part? These Clocks Are Built To Last!

Many gas station clocks or light up clocks are built to provide a maximum margin for retailers and producers. This creates an inferior product that will often degrade to the point where the clock will not function within a year or two! When you’re purchasing a piece of memorabilia, you want it to last. These clocks are durable, reliable, and priced just right.

Featured with backlighting, these clocks bring back the neon clocks of the 1950’s in a modern way. At 14 inches across, it is the perfect size for easy viewing within a room, yet isn’t so big that it dominates the room when it is lit up. The coating of the clock is scratch resistant and firmly riveted in place, letting it withstand some of those accidental bumps it’s bound to get over time. It’s also UV resistant, meaning it won’t try to yellow on you over time.

Best of all, you won’t need one of those incredibly expensive batteries to have this clock run. All it takes is a single AA battery! If you don’t mind the cord, these gas station clocks also have the ability to plug into any standard 110v outlet. With a standardized quartz movement and 1 year warranty, you can rest assured that the quality of this clock won’t be compromised just to add a few extra bucks to the profit margin.

Is a Gas Station Clock the Right Choice For You?

Whether you are looking to add a little extra ambience to a room in your home or to your business, a gas station clock is definitely a viable choice to make that happen. Reminiscent of the neon clocks that were popular in a different generation, these clocks add a level of memorabilia to a home or business that creates a stunning first impression. Instead of checking their smart phones for the time, your visitors will simply take a look at this beautiful clock to see what kind of pace their day needs to have.

If you’ve been looking for a clock or know someone who loves vintage memorabilia, these light up clocks are the perfect item. Pick out your favorite one today and add it to your vintage memorabilia collection!

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The History of Pin-Up Girls

To many, the pin-up girl isn’t something that needs to be introduced. Popularized mostly during World War II, these “girls” are as much a part of American culture as baseball and apple pie, as the saying goes. But, pin-up girls weren’t always depicted as the scantily-clad women in precarious positions that provided owners of the artwork a peek at her underwear. In fact, the very history of the modern evolution of the pin-up girl dates as far back to before World War I, all the way back to the invention of the first bicycle, surprisingly enough.

Vintage Gas Pump Girl Custom Shape - Pin-Up Girl Metal Sign 13 x 26 Inches
Vintage Gas Pump Girl Custom Shape – Pin-Up Girl Metal Sign 13 x 26 Inches

During the time when bicycles were becoming popular, a special Lady’s Safety Bicycle was invented that was intended to be ridden specifically by women. People believed that standard bicycles had the potential to harm women’s insides if they rode them, so special ones were created. This led to advertisements of women with bicycles featuring the then-scandalous idea of women wearing pants instead of dresses and skirts in order to safely ride the bike. Once bicycles became popular for all, there was a small shift in women’s fashion that ended up revealing their legs and more of their bodies overall in a way that had never been done before.

From there, women’s bodies were used more and more in advertising as they tended to attract more attention to different advertisements. The first real instance of this was the Gibson Girl, created by an illustrator for Life magazine whose wife’s likeness was depicted with a large bust, long hair, an hourglass shape and full lips. The successful campaign created a wave of others attempting to capture the sensuality of the Gibson Girl.

Vintage Made in the USA - Pin-Up Girl Metal Sign 12 x 18 Inches
Vintage Made in the USA – Pin-Up Girl Metal Sign 12 x 18 Inches

Attractive women were then used for a number of different advertisements, particularly during the First World War. A beautiful woman encouraging young men to join the army was thought to be able to stir men into action, and it seemed to work. As time bled into the Roaring Twenties, the flapper generation that wore shorter skirts and bobbed hair had their likeness depicted as well. Then, in the 1940s when the World War II began, the first real pin-up girl as we know her today appeared in wartime propaganda pieces that encouraged people to join up and fight the war, purchase war bonds and more.

Navy Girl Metal Sign 12 x 18 Inches
Navy Girl Metal Sign 12 x 18 Inches

Upon realizing the way that sex certainly sells when it comes to war, those pin-up girls became the face of advertisements and were used to further marketing campaigns, the first to popularize these tactics in the 1940s and 1950s being Madison Avenue. In 1952, Playboy was created, and in the early years of the magazine, there were nude pin-ups depicted. Eventually, that evolved into photographs, which spawned Betty Page’s participation in the style, and today, Betty is still considered the most collected pin-up girl of all time.

In modern times, the tradition of pin-ups is still alive and well with people collecting classic pin-up art work and creating their own as well. Truly a timeless American art, pin-up photography is still a vibrant field especially in the rockabilly subculture and will only continue to evolve over the years and never fail to entice and intrigue audiences.

The History of Neon Signs

Neon is one of the elements that sits along the far right side of the periodic table of elements with the noble gases, making it one of the most common elements found in the universe. With two-thirds the density of regular air, neon is considered to be pretty rare here on Earth, and even so, two scientists in the late 1800s managed to capture it through a meticulous process. From there, with the use of tubes, neon signs as we know them today were born.

Neon Bar Mask Sign
Neon Bar Mask Sign

The attempt to isolate the elusive gas was done over the course of two months, when the two scientists liquefied the air and then captured the gases that came off of it when it was boiled. This gas was put into a tube and they added an electric charge to it. By doing this, the tube glowed with a bright reddish orange color when subjected to those charges. The two scientists were awed by what they saw and soon began developing tubes that would allow them to continue to capture the gas and electrify it to produce the glow again and again.

In 1907, these tube lights began being mass produced by a French businessman and were first shown at the 1910 Paris Motor Show. An opportunity was seen to develop a signage business out of these neon lights, and in 1912, the sizes of the tubes were reduced in order to allow them to turn the tubes into letters and words. The first neon sign in North America was displayed in 1923 in Los Angeles, and one of those signs is still there, never having been removed.

Neon Bar Sign - Historic Route 66
Neon Bar Sign – Historic Route 66

Business boomed from there, and then came a need for a more diversified neon light in order to add competition on the market. Since technically, neon will only produce that reddish orange color, different gases had to be used, most notably the gas argon that produces a pretty lavender color. When these different gases are used with fluorescent coatings, the changes in color are possible. The development of this process took place in 1920, prompting the boom of different colors of neon lights.

From there, people began experimenting, using different colors of neon lights and even incorporating mechanical parts like large coffee cups that let off steam or an ad for laundry detergent that released actual bubbles. Neon signs of all kinds began being use for large and small businesses alike, making them a standard in places like restaurants, barber shops, retail stores and bars.

Neon Open Sign - Open Deco Green & Red - Art Deco Style
Neon Open Sign – Open Deco Green & Red – Art Deco Style

Remarkably, over the decade since neon signs were created, the method of creating them really hasn’t changed. The desire to use neon lights has scarcely changed either, as even those who opt to change out their old neon signs for LEDs typically come back to neon in the end. Neon signs not only decorate businesses, but nowadays they can also be found in homes, making them a true treasure when it comes to decorating.