Vintage Oil Cans

Anyone who tunes into the History Channel has probably seen American Pickers, a show in which two men cross the country looking for antiques. One item that they're always interested in is vintage oil cans, which are in sparse supply since the heyday of full service gas stations. These often colorful cans were used by gas station attendants, who would fill your car, give you a smile, and check your oil in the blink of an eye. While the days of full service stations are long gone, the interest in the cans they used is growing by the day.

The greatest appeal vintage oil cans have to the collector is their design, their scarcity, and their durability. Most of these cans are from the 40's, before the rationing of metal due to World War II made the metal oil cans inviable. The 40's were known for their aesthetic, and these cans are no exception, with a great amount of effort put into making the colors and shapes pop out from the rest of their competitors. Since these cans were made to be disposable, they're incredibly scarce as well. Most that are found are in less than desirable condition, with dents and rust very common.

Anyone interested into getting in on this expanding market can take a look on the internet to find the best deals that they can. Vintage oil cans are being snatched up fast, and the older they are the more they're worth. It's worth your while to take a look at this hot new collectible.

Penn Drake TSC Oil 350 Tin Lithod Drake Well Vintage HTF Original 2 Gal Can
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Vtg 1959 TEXACO HAVOLINE 5 Quart Advertising Motor Oil Can w Rust Dents Wear
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Vintage Sunoco Grease Can 1940s 5lb NOS Gas Oil
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Vintage Grand Way Outboard Motor Gas Oil Composite Quart Can NOS
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5 Vintage Handy Oilers Esso Mobil CMC Phillips 66 Advertising Tin Can Gas Oil
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Havoline Texaco Metal 10 W 40 Oil Can Vintage
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RARE Vintage CAPITANO Soya Bean Oil Durkee Famous Foods 5 Gallons Large Tin Can
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RARE Vintage EAGLE Oil Supply Co EAGLEINE Lubricant Gas Station Can Quincy MA
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Vintage Atlantic diesel ULTRAMO Quart Oil Can Rare Qt
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Vintage Gas Oil 1 Pint Arctic Cat 501 Snowmobile 2 Cycle Motor Oil Can
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VINTAGE TIN CAN NO 7 TIRE BLACK JET BLACK PAINT 3 4 FULL 15OZ RARE GAS OIL DECOR
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VINTAGE 1 2 GALLON LIQUID US STANDARD TIN OIL CAN 11 TALL 80B
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Oilzum Motor Oil 1 full unopened Quart Can VINTAGE CARDBOARD
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Shell Oil Company vintage Handy Oil can
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Mobil Oil Company Pegasus vintage Handy Oil can
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Vintage GEM PLEWS Oil Can Lot Flexible Industrial Machinist Oilers
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Vtg CEN PE CO MOTOR GAS OIL ADVERTISING 5 GALLON CAN CLEVELAND OHIO WALCOTT IOWA
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Vintage HARVEST KING MOTOR GAS OIL ADVERTISING 5 GALLON CAN ST PAUL MINNESOTA
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Vintage 1960s CREAM CITY GAS OIL ADVERTISING FIVE 5 GALLON CAN LEBANON INDIANA
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texaco vintage oil cans
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Lot of 3 Vtg 2 Plews Oiler Co MPLS Trigger Pump Oil Can Pat USA
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The oil can used to lubricate the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz is the example of a vintage oil can. Oil cans are not used any more. Aerosol sprays and plastic bottles have replaced them. Even though there will be no more vintage oil cans produced, a person can find such a c n if he tries hard enough.

The vintage oil can looks like a teapot. Teapots have a spout that lets them pour water out easily. The vintage oil can will have a small, narrow spout that restricts the flow of oil. The restricted flow lets a person target oil to where it is needed. When the automobile was invented, a new type of oil can was introduced. The can had a flip top and only slightly resembled soda or beer cans. Most of the cans were thrown out before they became collectible.

The logos on oil cans are a piece of Americana, much the way the old red white and blue Pepsi cans are. They are not, however, easy to find. Some flea market vendors might have them, as may some people who own Antique shops. f a person can find a vintage oil can, he can own a piece of Vintage Americana.