Texaco memorabilia is memorabilia relating to the history of the American oil retail company, originally named the Texas Fuel Company.
History and description
Texaco was founded in 1901. It was the joint venture of Joseph Cuillnan, Thomas Donaghue, Arnold Schlaet and Walter Benora Sharp after the discovery of oil at Spindetop Hill. The discovery happened after a major oil crisis and the subsequent oil exploration and development began what is now known as the Texas Oil Boom.
The oil Texaco produces initially contained an additive named CleanSystem3 before being replaced by techon in 2005. Texaco owns the Havoline brand and was an independent company for many years before joining with the Chevron company in 2001.
Guide for collectors
Genuine Texaco collectibles can be recognised by the trademark red star logo. Many items also include product names such as Havoline, Fire-Chief and Indian.
A wide range of Texaco memorabilia has been produced over the years including items intended for sale such as die-cast toys and cigarette lights and promotional items such as blotters. Vintage Texaco containers (most under 6 ounces) are also of interest to some collectors with home lubricant cans being the most common.
Texaco's Havoline oil range included a wide variety of ashtrays, signs and smoking-related paraphernalia.
There are many collector societies and similar for those interested in Texaco memorabilia and pieces can often be found in Museums throughout the world. One particularly extensive collection is available to view at the Dobson Museum and Library in Oklahoma and was donated by Jim Conrad with the help of former Texaco wholesalers. There is also a museum devoted entirely to Texaco pieces in Knightstown, Indiana – the Trumps' Texaco Museum.
Many items of Texaco memorabilia can be sourced for relatively little with items such as art posters, vintage tin signs and trading cards available from retailers such as eBay and Amazon marketplace for around the $20 mark.
Die-cast car, trucks and tankers are also easily sourced on sites such as these with some of the more desirable pieces selling for upwards of $80.
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