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 PENNZOIL MULTI VIS 10W 40 MOTOR OIL 1 QUART CAN
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VINTAGE ZURNOIL OIL CAN METAL QUART EMPTY PHILADELPHIA PENN NICE
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Vintage Oil Can Spouts Lot of 3
Vintage Oil Can Spouts  Lot of 3

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Vintage Eagle Oil Can Pump Handle Lot of 2 AS IS 9537
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE GALVANIZED OIL CAN 1 Gallon NYC PA APPROVED D2
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Vintage Kendall The 2000 Mile Oil 5 gallon Can Airplane Boat Car
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GRIN Auto Products PENETRATING OIL CAN LOS ANGELES CALIFRARE 1920s VTG
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Vintage Polarine Transmission Grease Can Standard Oil of Indiana Oil Can 10 Lb
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Vintage 5 Gallon Marathon Oil Can NICE COLORS GREAT CONDITION
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VTG Embossed METAL BLUE EAGLE Pump Oiler Oil Can Flexible Straight Nozzle PAIR
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Vintage Brooking One Gallon Oil Can Dispenser Flexible Spout 10 Tall
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Rare Vintage Original Tiolene Pure SAE 10 Premium Quality Motor Oil Can USA
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Vintage Original Swingspout Water or Oil Can Yellow 2 Quarts
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VINTAGE SINGER SEWING MACHINE MOTOR OIL CAN WITH SPOUT 3 OZ USA FEATHERWEIGHT
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Vintage 1 Gallon Bar and Chain Oilzum Oil Can Worcester Mass U S A
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Vintage Rare Green Glo Motor Oil Can 8 Quarts
Vintage Rare Green Glo Motor Oil Can  8 Quarts

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Lot Of 5 Vintage Oil Cans 3 In One Liquid Wrench Embossed Can
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Vintage Rare Damons Patent Polish 999 Oil Can
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Vintage NOS Nice Oilzum Snowmobile Quart Full Oil Can
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Vintage Quaker City Automatic Transmission Fluid Oil Can Quart
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Vintage COLEMAN ONE GALLON CAN empty Oil Gas Fuel ADVERTISING Bucket
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Vintage Cities Service Handy Oiler Can 8 Ounce Long Spout Oil Can
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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.