Little Marine Oil Paintings

I can just imagine the conversation with the artist. I know Bob, I know, its all about the sunset, but we need the guy to be adding oil to a gas can. I know Bob, you are an artist, yes Bob.. No one does guys putting oil in gas cans like you do. You are the master Bob.

These cans…can be very small. You didnt need a qt. Just a mix, so maybe the art work was a way to grab attention in the store

For years, I always seem to find outboard oil cans here and there. But sadly never really buy them, I think its an outboard thing, Oh, I have the collector gene for sure, but as time marches on, I have been very keen on curating the habit. But, recently I have been opening up my mind to the art on the cans. Like little Marine Oil Paintings. But why? Old marine oil cans? I have so many questions? Is it the art on them? Yes, some of them, or is it the memory?

I love this one. Graphic design at its absolute best

Or is it just something to collect and release the pleasure center of your noggin. Oh, there is a science to all this on some level, but still doesnt explain, why Marine Outboard Oil Cans. Why just those. Is there some sort brain stew …my new term BTW, is there some sort of brain stew that is made when memory, and uniqueness is cooked together?

So this begs the eternal question. Which came first. The Chain Saw or the Woody Boat? Oh, this can get rather deep philosophically. Think deep.

The best part of this can is the last name Clack.

Simple design, love the opening on this one

Always a classic

A film of protection.

Simple colors – Yellow and black are more readable than black and white BTW

Doesnt feel SPECIAl. bad graphics

2 color art at its best

Ugh, you can feel the 60’s in this one. I get the design evolution, but things are on the edge of boring

One of the flaws in a name that evokes a highway, is that it doesnt fit for other products.

THE WORST! This illustrates the need for design

DX Marine Oil, with some color

A 5 gallon can on ebay.. Oh I lust after thee. Not $550 worth though, at some point its just a can

Back to outboard cans

Standard. Great brand name BTW

The Flying horse. Mobil always was a company that cared about art. Not our Art, BTW. They use to be a client of mine, and the main office was full of amazing art. And when the Exxon people took over, it all turned into just crappy douche guys in white crisp shirts.. UGH.. Like the football team had taken over the Drama Dept

This is classic Texaco. UG again, as a kid, 18 or so I worked for a construction company that remodeled texaco stations. I wish I knew then… UGH.

These always seem to pop up

The boring evolution of Texaco art

Just cool for cool sake

Different color option for Gear Oil. Love the small nozzle

Love the Gulfpride type

If you have any fun oil can pics, post them. And if you are Troy. Any can will do.. Oh boy


20 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    I never thought there we so many kinds of outboard motor oil. Who knew?

    BTW, I like Suzy’s new website. The header photo of her running Wecatchum is great!

    • Matt
      Matt says:

      Thanks, we are trying new stuff. Her new company is a worldwide company and amazing. So its a way she can help Woody Boaters find a realtor.

  2. Steve in NJ
    Steve in NJ says:

    I find the Penntrolium can interesting. Same yellow background as Penzoil. Similar name with “Penn” as the grabber in the first part of the name. However, made in Oklahoma City Oklahoma.
    Overall, very interesting cans. (You can run with that Troy.)

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Sorry to disappoint you all this today, but since Matt is fixating on Cans I will share my fixation that I doubt anyone else picked up on.

    Look here in the Penntroleum pic, behind the can is a Snap-on toolbox.

    Just what my eye picks up.

  4. Not Troy R Turbo
    Not Troy R Turbo says:

    Since Troy has disappointed us with his Snap-on observation (good eye by the way), someone mentioned cans?

  5. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Cool story! Brings back a lot of memories from when I was eye level with the displays at the gas docks. Dad would say “grab me a couple of those” as he was about to get gas. We all know that the Duplex logo makes for a great coffee cup. However I like the Whizoil can the best. It brings out my 12 year old sense of humor.

  6. tparsons56
    tparsons56 says:

    How about a marine oil ad with a lesson included! One of my daughters found an issue of Motor Boating from June 1946. Lots of great ads and stories for only .35 Cents!

  7. tparsons56
    tparsons56 says:

    Next time you go to fill up your tank be sure to ask for “white” gas! I do remember what it was from my youth but I’m sure I’m in the minority now.

    • Floyd r turbo
      Floyd r turbo says:

      I didn’t realize Gulf also produced white gas. I remember American Oil Company (Amoco?) did which we bought to use in camping stoves and lanterns.

  8. tom
    tom says:

    I really don’t collect any of this stuff ,but always found oil cans appealing I think its both the memory and the artwork . And that they’re metal, which was all just taken for granted when this stuff was sold on the shelves. The contents is almost obsolete now, with the changeover to four stroke outboards?

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