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
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!
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.
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.)
Mine are displayed horizontal. They go on.
ugh, killing me. We need better pics, I may need to drive up there… IN THE SUMMER. LIKE JULY
Some things are not collected but end up here, they look great and add to the showroom.
Oil because different strokes for different folks!
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.
Hell Troy. you could probably tell us what model and year that tool box is.
Since Troy has disappointed us with his Snap-on observation (good eye by the way), someone mentioned cans?
Man! Now thats a hell of a can holder.
Somewhere there has to be a museum full of these old cans — but where????
Heck Colleen, let’s go for a ride in my outboard… 😉
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.
images of cans are great, but the captions are better – i think!
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!
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.
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.
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?
I can see that there are a lot that I have not seen before thanks