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.

Vintage 1 Quart Galvanized Gas Station Oil Funnel Can w Adjustable Flex Spout
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vintage HUFFMAN 1 quart swing spout thumb release oil filler can
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lot of 2 Vintage Texaco Ursa 1 Sealed Oil Can and 1 opened tin metal free sh
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Vintage Oil Can Standard oil of California 5 gallon bucket original paint Rare
Vintage Oil Can Standard oil of California 5 gallon bucket original paint Rare

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Vintage Pennzoil Motor Oil Can Coin Bank
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VTG NOS Lot Of 2 Oilzum Motor Oil Full Quart Cans Motorcycle 2 Cycle Oil
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Vintage Havoline Oil can Early 1900s Dark gear compound Sealed RARE
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Vintage GULF ELECTRIC MOTOR OIL TIN CAN + CAP 4 fl oz FOR HOME
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VTG Mobil Oil Gas Station Pegasus Emblem Mobiltac E Gear Compound 16oz Can 95
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Vintage Oil Can Galvanized Oiling Can With Movable Tip Bottom Rusted through
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Vintage EAGLE Oil Can Metal Bent Spout 11 Oiler Copper MADE IN USA
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VINTAGE 1950 1960 ERA ROYAL OIL CORP LUBEX MOTOR OIL 2 GAL TIN CAN BALTIMORE
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VTG SHELL SPIRAX OIL COMPANY 5 GAL 85 LBS GREASE GAS GASOLINE CAN ADVERTISING
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Vintage Johnson Oil Can Outboard 50 1 New Unopened
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VINTAGE 5 QUART GULFPRIDE SELECT GULF OIL CO MOTOR OIL CAN NICE
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Vintage Penn Drake HD Motor Oil Can Unopened Quart LQQK
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Vintage A MOBIL PRODUCT Pegasus 5 Gallon Oil Gas Can Pour Spout
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Three Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Oil Cans and Pat 1895 Oil Bottle
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Vintage 3 IN ONE Oil Tin Can handy empty 3oz oiler Boyle Midway 3 in 1
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VINTAGE Old Blue MARTIN WARE Kerosene Oil Gas Fuel CAN w Wooden Handle
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VINTAGE Old Castrol MOTOR OIL 65 US Gallon CAN Two Cycle Snowmobile Outboard
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ANTIQUE OIL TIN CANS x1 HALF GALLON x1 4 QUART US LEGAL 32 MINN LIQUID vintage
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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.