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Marathon Products Porcelain Sign: “Best In The Long Run” Vintage Belly Plate – MPS542

Authentic, Original Condition, 12 Inch Collectible Gas Pump Sign From Marathon Oil

This 1930’s Era Sign Features The Famous Pheidippides “Greek Runner” Trademark


Marathon Products Porcelain Sign: “Best In The Long Run” Vintage Belly Plate

At we have one of the largest selections of authentic petroliana signs available anywhere. This 1930's era Marathon Products porcelain sign is an extremely rare, and hard to find vintage petroliana sign. The 12" inch, single sided, round sign is a gas pump belly plate sign and still has its original curvature from being mounted on the pump. This sign, features a white with black outline Pheidippides (Greek runner) logo, and "Best In The Long Run" slogan on a white scroll with black lettering. The outer portion of the sign has a green background with with an orange outline on both the outer and inner edge, and the words Marathon Products in white lettering with an orange outline agains the green background.

This Marathon Products porcelain sign is in original unrestored condition. The overall condition is good for a sign of this age, however there is a moderate amount of dings and chips on the sign face. All four of the original hanging grommets are still in place. The backside of the sign is white and in relatively clean condition overall. The sign has retained it's curvature from its original use as the bell plate on a gas pump. Call us today at 1-800-292-0008 for pricing on this Marathon Products porcelain sign, or any of our other vintage porcelain signs.

Marathon Oil Company History

The Marathon Oil company began in 1887 as The Ohio Oil Company in northwestern Ohio, which at the time was the hub of US crude oil production. Two years later, in 1889, they were purchased by John D. Rockefeller and became a part of Standard Oil. They remained part of Standard Oil until it was broken up in 1911. In 1924 they got into the oil refining business for the first time, and in 1930 they purchased the Transcontinental Oil Company. It was at this point that they started using the Marathon Product name, Pheidippides logo, and "Best In The Long Run" slogan. This is also the year when they began to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Over the companies long history they have undergone a number of changes, including changing their official name to Marathon Oil Company in 1962. They were owned by US Steel from 1982-2002, and in 1990 moved their headquarters from Ohio to Houston where they still remain today. In 2002, the company once again became independent and continues to operate independently.

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Marathon Products Porcelain Sign

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Due to our earned reputation, we have the good fortune to be in high demand by collectors. Because most of our items have a waiting list, if you're looking for a specific collectible, please ask to be put on our first come, first served list (refundable deposit required).

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