Almost every collection of vintage gas and oil memorabilia has evolved as an extension of the owner’s car collection. After all, a cool early service station sign adds a period look to the garage and if one sign is good then a half a dozen is even better. Mike Mihkelson, however, states that his extensive collection evolved from lunch boxes. Mike was an avid collector of lunch boxes and says he has about 80 percent of the known early examples. About 18 years ago he was in Texas at an antique show searching for more when he found a vendor with a bunch of porcelain Power Gas signs. They were only $60 or so and Mike bought them all. Returning to California he quickly sold them and doubled his money. He kept one and the die was cast as he thought this was a lot more fun than lunch boxes.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2011/04/06/petroliana-profile