Advertising Poster, "Butler Paper is a Gas," circa 1987

Summary

Gas pump globes -- lighted glass spheres perched atop pumps -- first appeared in 1912. They evolved over time from simple ball or pill shapes to elaborate crowns, clover leafs, shells and other forms. The globes not only attracted customers, they also provided light for pump attendants working at night. Globes disappeared in the 1950s as pump designs and marketing strategies changed.

Gas pump globes -- lighted glass spheres perched atop pumps -- first appeared in 1912. They evolved over time from simple ball or pill shapes to elaborate crowns, clover leafs, shells and other forms. The globes not only attracted customers, they also provided light for pump attendants working at night. Globes disappeared in the 1950s as pump designs and marketing strategies changed.

Artifact

Poster

Date Made

circa 1987

Subject Date

circa 1987

Creators

Butler Paper Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Livonia 

Creator Notes

Published for Butler Paper Company, Livonia, Michigan.

Collection Title

Poster Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

88.140.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 25 in

Width: 19 in

Inscriptions

Printed at bottom of paper: Butler Paper is a gas. / 39100 Plymouth, Road, Livonia, MI 48150 (phone)

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