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Original Sinclair Dino Statue: Rare Vintage Rooftop Advertisement – DS6550

These Apatosaurus Statues Famously Sat On Top Of Sinclair Gas Stations In The Mid-20th Century And Were An Iconic Mascot Of The American Open Road, At 8 And A Half Feet Long From Nose To Tail This, Rare Original 1960’s Fiberglass Rooftop Dino Is A True Collection Centerpiece, For Even The Largest Sinclair Collection

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Original Sinclair Dino Statue: Rare Vintage Rooftop Advertisement

This original Sinclair Dino statue is just one of hundreds of collectible automobilia and petroliana collectibles currently for sale from These vintage rooftop advertisements are an iconic piece of American oil company advertising history, and are both highly collector coveted, and extremely hard to find. We specialize in original, investment quality memorabilia, and those rare items that the serious collector is after. Any item featuring the Sinclair Dinosaur logo is highly sought after, but these rare statues are among the most prized of all. These statues were made in a number of different sizes, and this fiberglass variation from the 1960's measure 8 and a half feet (102 inches) from nose to tail! It is 50 inches tall, from the bottom of the foot, to the top of the head, and the body measures 25 inches wide. Furthermore, this particular original Sinclair Dino statue features a white neckband with with the word "DINO" in red lettering, and the word "SINCLAIR" in red letters across the body of the statue. These markings make this statue far more rare than the more common, all green Sinclair Dino statues. This original Sinclair Dino statue is a true centerpiece item, for even the largest petroliana or Sinclair collections, and is the type of item where once it's gone, you may never come across another one for sale.

Original Sinclair Dino Statue Specifications

  • Type: Fiberglass Gas Station Rooftop Dinosaur Advertising Statue
  • Shape: Standing Dinosaur (Apatosaurus/Brontosaurus) Shape With Raised Head
  • Company: Sinclair
  • Product: Gas Stations
  • Era: 1960's
  • Country Of Manufacture: U.S.A.
  • Color: Green/Black/Red (Lettering)/White
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2 Feet (102 Inches Long From Nose To Tail) By 4 Feet 2 Inches (50 Inches Tall From The Bottom Of The Foot To The Top Of Head) By 2 Feet 1 Inch (25 Inches) Wide At Widest Part Of The Body
  • Condition: Original, As-Pictured, Unrestored See Photos For Details
  • Features Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick Brass Tag Signature Certification (See Description For Details)

Sinclair Dino statue in Farfield, California

Sinclair Dino statue in Farfield, California. Sharon Hahn Darlin, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Original Sinclair Dino Statue Additional Details

Like all of our collectible advertisements, statues, and signs, this original Sinclair Dino statue is sold in original, unrestored condition, as pictured. It is our belief that any dings, dents, scratches, scapes, or other types of blemishes are part of what makes that item unique. In other words, any scars are part of that items story. However, this stature is in Near Mint/Excellent (Nr Mt/Exl) condition (as pictured), and is extremely clean with virtually no visible damage of any kind (the is only visible imperfection on this statue is some very light wear in the toe area on the back left foot, as pictured). It is free of any of the cracking which is common in these statues, and all painted lettering and facial feature on the dinosaur are free of wear or scratching. In fact, this is as close to a true Near Mint condition Dino statue of this age, as you will find.

Furthermore, this vintage original Sinclair Dino statue features a brass tag signed by award winning artist H.J. Nick as meeting all world class fine are qualifications. This certification means each item bearing his signature is backed by over 100 years of manufacturing world class fine art handmade furnishings, and restoring America's finest collectibles to original, museum quality condition. An iconic roadside statue that was displayed during the "Golden Age" of the American open road is perfect for display in any man cave, game room, or automotive business. This original Sinclair Dino statue is original memorabilia from one of America's most iconic brands. We are a one-stop-shop when it comes to outfitting your man cave or game room. We can can outfit an entire gas station or automotive themed room for you, or help you find that one special item that has been missing from your collection. & Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification Details

The H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification ensures each piece to be the genuine article. Backed by our over a century of experience, with our word is our bond reputation and guaranteeing or your money back “forever". The H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification makes this item one of the highest appreciating, collectible investments that you can make. These items can be insured at stated value, usually on your home owners policy, for little added premium. Thus, making this a safer investment than even those insured by the FDIC, is much more fun to own, and puts you in control instead of the bank.

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In addition to collectible statues, we have old porcelain signs, vintage neon signs, vintage visible gas pumps, oil pumps, lubesters, and more that we have fully restored to working, museum quality condition. Our petroliana restorations are the best in the business because nobody has been doing it longer, or pays as much attention to detail. This rare vintage Sinclair Dinosaur statue is the perfect conversation piece that will wow your friends and clients alike. Like all of our vintage collectibles, it is guaranteed authentic, investment quality memorabilia. We specialize in those hard to find items, that serious collectors are looking for. All antique collectibles offered are genuine memorabilia and appreciable assets, not fake reproductions. All items are fine collectable art at the highest world class collector level. Contact us today for pricing on this collectible original Sinclair Dino statue or any of our collectible Americana, antique signs, old gas pumps, and classic collectibles at 1-800-292-0008.

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Sinclair Dino in Pleasant Grove, Utah, January 2017. An Errant Knight, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

History Of The Sinclair Dino Rooftop Statue

The Sinclair rooftop dinosaur statues are iconic landmarks that gained popularity in the United States during the mid-20th century. These statues were typically displayed on the roofs of Sinclair gas stations, which were owned by the Sinclair Oil Corporation. The history of the Sinclair rooftop dinosaur statues can be traced back to the early 1930's when Sinclair Oil Corporation adopted the Apatosaurus (formerly known as Brontosaurus) as its corporate mascot. The Apatosaurus, a large, long-necked dinosaur, was chosen to symbolize the company's commitment to the petroleum industry and its association with fossil fuels, which were formed from prehistoric organic matter.

The first Sinclair rooftop dinosaur statue was erected in 1935 at the Sinclair station in Chicago, Illinois. This statue, known as "Dinny," stood approximately 70 feet long and 35 feet tall, and it quickly became a popular attraction. Following the success of the Chicago installation, Sinclair began placing similar dinosaur statues on the rooftops of its gas stations across the United States. The most famous Sinclair rooftop dinosaur statue, however, is "Dino," which was located in Sinclair's "Dinosaur Park" in Sinclair, Wyoming. Erected in 1964, Dino was an enormous 80-foot-long Apatosaurus and quickly became an iconic roadside attraction along U.S. Route 20. The popularity of Dino and the Sinclair dinosaur statues grew, and they became beloved symbols of American roadside culture.

Over time, the Sinclair Oil Corporation phased out the use of dinosaur statues as its corporate mascots, and many of the rooftop statues were removed. However, due to their cultural significance and nostalgic appeal, some of the Sinclair rooftop dinosaur statues have been preserved and restored. They can still be found in various locations throughout the United States, serving as reminders of a bygone era of American travel and advertising.

More Sinclair Oil Advertising History

Vintage Neon Sinclair Gasoline Road SignThe H-C Sinclair gas sign is closely associated with Sinclair Oil Corporation, an American petroleum company founded by Harry F. Sinclair in 1916. The Sinclair Oil company is known for its distinctive green dinosaur mascot, as well as its use of neon signs to advertise its products. The company used various types of signage to promote its brand and attract customers. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, Sinclair employed a variety of designs for its gas station signs, including neon signs, porcelain signs, and illuminated signs.

The H-C Sinclair gas sign refers specifically to a type of sign that featured the initials "H.C." alongside the Sinclair logo. The H-C Sinclair Gasoline sign can be traced back to 1926, with the introduction of Sinclair’s high octane gasoline. H-C, the industry's original high-octane premium gasoline for motorcars was a 72-octane auto fuel, developed at its Houston refinery, and was better than anything on the market in that era. For reference, the Lindbergh's flight to Paris in 1927 was on 73-octane gasoline. H-C stood for "Houston Concentrate, some advertisers referred to is as "High Compression." The design of the H-C Sinclair gas sign typically featured a rectangular or oval shape with the green Sinclair dinosaur logo in the center. These signs were often seen in the 1930’s and 1940’s and were used to promote Sinclair gas stations that sold the high octane fuel.

Sinclair's first neon sign was created in the 1920’s, and it quickly became a popular way to advertise the company's gas stations and other products. The signs were made by hand, with glass tubes bent into specific shapes and filled with neon gas. (This same process is used by on not only Sinclair items, but every vintage neon sign that we restore features hand blown and bent glass tubes, filled with neon gas, using the same processes that were used in the early-Twentieth Century). By the 1950’s, Sinclair had become one of the largest neon sign manufacturers in the world.

The company's signs were found at gas stations and other locations across the United States, and they became an iconic part of American culture. Sinclair's neon signs were designed to be eye-catching and memorable, with bold colors and distinctive shapes that made them stand out from other signs. The company's most famous sign was the "Sinclair Dino," which featured a green dinosaur standing on its hind legs and holding a gas pump. This sign was first introduced in 1930, and it quickly became a beloved symbol of the company.

Despite the rise of LED and digital signs in recent years, Sinclair continues to use neon signs as part of its advertising strategy. The company's neon signs are still made by hand, using the same techniques that were used in the early days of neon sign production. Today, Sinclair's neon signs are considered collectors' items, and they can be found in museums, and private collections around the world. The fact that these signs continue to be in made, more than a century after the first Sinclair neon sign was produced, is a testament to the company's long history and to the enduring appeal of neon signs as a form of advertising.

History Of The Sinclair Dino Logo

old Sinclair station in New York state

New York State Route 17 Sinclair Station. Doug Kerr from Upstate New York, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sinclair Oil is an American petroleum company that was founded in 1916 in Wyoming. The Sinclair dinosaur logo is one of the most recognizable logos in American history. The logo was first introduced in the 1930’s by the Sinclair Oil Corporation, a major oil company based in the United States. The Sinclair dinosaur logo has undergone several changes over the years, but it remains a beloved symbol of the company's history and legacy.

The story of the Sinclair dinosaur logo begins in 1916, when the Sinclair Oil Corporation was founded. At the time, the company did not have a logo or a recognizable brand identity. However, that all changed in the 1930’s, when the company hired an artist named Dino De Laurentiis to create a new logo. De Laurentiis was an Italian artist who had recently immigrated to the United States. He was known for his ability to create memorable characters and logos, and he was the perfect person to design a new logo for Sinclair. De Laurentiis began working on the logo, and after several drafts, he came up with the now-famous image of a green Brontosaurus (later corrected as Apatosaurus) with the company name written in bold, red letters. The Sinclair dinosaur logo was an instant success. It was unlike anything else in the oil industry, and it quickly became synonymous with the Sinclair brand. The logo was used in all of the company's advertising, and it helped to establish Sinclair as one of the leading oil companies in the United States.

modern Sinclair Oil logo

Modern Sinclair Dino Logo.

Over the years, the Sinclair dinosaur logo underwent several changes. In the 1950’s, the company updated the logo to make it more modern and streamlined. The Brontosaurus was given a more realistic appearance, and the font used for the company name was updated as well. In the 1960’s, the Sinclair dinosaur logo was updated again, this time to reflect the company's interest in space exploration. The Brontosaurus was given a rocket on its back, and the company name was updated with a more futuristic font.

Despite these changes, the Sinclair dinosaur logo remained a beloved symbol of the company's history and legacy. It continued to be used in the company's advertising and marketing campaigns, and it was even featured in movies and television shows. In the 1970s, however, the Sinclair dinosaur logo began to disappear from the company's advertising. The oil crisis of the 1970s had a major impact on the oil industry, and many companies, including Sinclair, were forced to cut back on their advertising budgets. As a result, the Sinclair dinosaur logo was no longer as visible as it had been in previous years. Despite this decline in visibility, the Sinclair dinosaur logo remained a beloved symbol of the company's history and legacy. It continued to be used on the company's products, and it was still recognized by people all over the world.

About The Black Dino Logo

Vintage Sinclair Dino Motor Oil Neon SignWhile the specific phrase "Black Dinosaur" may not have been officially coined by Sinclair Oil, it has become a popular term used to describe the distinctive dinosaur character associated with Sinclair's 100 million year advertising campaign. The concept of the "Black Dinosaur" for Sinclair's 100 million year advertising campaign was introduced in the mid-20th century and became an iconic symbol for Sinclair Oil Corporation. The campaign aimed to highlight the company's connection to the age of dinosaurs and promote the idea that Sinclair's oil products were derived from ancient fossil fuels.

The advertising campaign featured a stylized, cartoon-like depiction of a dinosaur, commonly referred to as the "Sinclair Dino" or the "Sinclair Dinosaur." The dinosaur was portrayed as a friendly and approachable character, often depicted in various activities and interacting with humans. It was predominantly black in color, which gave rise to the term "Black Dinosaur."

The use of the Black Dinosaur as a marketing tool was based on the scientific understanding that crude oil, the primary product of Sinclair Oil, is derived from the remains of ancient plants and animals that lived millions of years ago. By associating their brand with dinosaurs, Sinclair aimed to create a connection between the prehistoric era and their petroleum products.

Sinclair Dinosaur StatueSinclair Dino Rooftop Statues History

The history of the fiberglass Sinclair Dino rooftop statue dates back to the mid-20th century when Sinclair Oil Corporation, an American petroleum company, utilized these statues as part of its marketing and branding efforts. The idea behind the fiberglass Sinclair Dino rooftop statues was to create eye-catching and distinctive displays that would attract attention and draw customers to Sinclair gas stations. These statues were typically placed on the rooftops of Sinclair gas stations, towering above the station buildings, and serving as recognizable landmarks.

The statues themselves were fiberglass replicas of the Sinclair Dinosaur character, which was part of Sinclair's 100 million year advertising campaign. The statues typically depicted a friendly and playful dinosaur, often standing upright and holding a Sinclair logo or a gas pump. They were typically painted in bright colors, with the most common color scheme being green for the dinosaur and red for the Sinclair logo. These rooftop statues quickly became iconic symbols of Sinclair gas stations and were installed at many locations across the United States. They not only served as advertising tools but also helped customers easily identify Sinclair gas stations from a distance.


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