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Vintage Humble Sign: Esso Oil Drop Boy Die Cut Porcelain Advertisement – VS6261

Signs Featuring The Iconic Esso Boy Character Are Among The Most Highly Sought After By Serious Petroliana Collectors

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Vintage Humble Sign: Esso Oil Drop Boy Die Cut Porcelain Advertisement

This is an original vintage Humble sign, featuring the popular Esso Oil Drop Boy character. These signs displayed at Humble Gas Stations (Esso 1959-1973, ExxonMobil 1973-present) gas stations in the 1950's. This authentic gasoline advertisement features the popular "Oil Drop Man", whose name was Happy. The character first appeared in the United States in 1958, and he was often accompanied by the slogan "Happy Motoring". He frequently appeared in a red convertible, with his presumed girlfriend "Oil Drop Woman". The character was most famous for its appearances on Esso's popular travel maps. It is a single sided, die cut, porcelain enamel sign that measures the 47 inches tall by 24 inches wide at its largest points. These signs are very thick and heavy (even by genuine porcelain sign standards), and those featuring the earlier "Humble" branding are much more rare than later variations.

Vintage Humble Sign Specifications

  • Type: Thick Heavy Metal Genuine Vintage Porcelain Enamel
  • Sides: Single Sided
  • Shape: Die Cut Oil Drop Boy
  • Original Keyhole Hangers
  • Company: ExxonMobil
  • Product: Esso Motor Oil
  • Era: 1950's
  • Country Of Manufacture: U.S.A.
  • Color: White/Red/Yellow/Blue/Black
  • Dimensions: 47 Inches Tall x 24 Inches Wide
  • Condition: Original, as-is, see photos for details

Note: Due to our earned reputation, we have the good fortune to be in high demand by collectors. We always have a waiting list for most items. We suggest if you are looking for a specific collectable, restored to this level, please ask to be placed on our first come, first served list. (Refundable deposit required.) Call 1-800-292-0008

We Specialize In Investment Quality Collectible Petroliana

This is one of hundreds of original, collectible petroliana signs currently available from Like all of our vintage collectible petroliana, this vintage Humble sign featuring the popular Oil Drop Boy character is original, investment quality memorabilia from one of petroliana history's most iconic brands. All of our signs are guaranteed to be authentic, backed by over a century of experience in the antiques and collectibles marketplace. This vintage porcelain sign has not been restored, and is sold in original, as-is condition (as pictured). It is our belief that these vintage signs should be kept in tact, with any dings and dents (in some cases even bullet holes), to preserves the original history of the item. Although it has a few nicks and dings on the sign face, this vintage Humble sign is as clean of a sign as you will find when dealing with an item that is approaching 70-years-old.

We are a one stop shop when it comes to outfitting your man cave or game room. We can build 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. In addition to signs, we have vintage visible gas pumps, oil pumps, lubesters, and more, that we have fully restored. We can also restore your existing petroliana, or vintage vending machine. Our 101 point restorations are done to world class fine art, museum quality collectible condition. This means completely restored to original manufacture specifications, and signed by award winning artist H.J. Nick. Our petroliana restorations are the best in the business because nobody has been doing it longer, or pays as much attention to detail. Contact us at 1-800-292-0008 for pricing on the vintage Humble sign featuring Oil Drop Boy, or any of our other investment quality, petroliana collectibles.

History Of Esso Oil Drop Boy And "Happy Motoring"

Exxon Oil Drop Boy History

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The Esso Oil Drop Man is an advertising character that was first seen in campaigns by Esso’s Danish company during World War II.  He was created to explain the reason behind shortages in petroleum products during the war.  Soon after his debut, other European affiliates began to use this cute character in their advertising campaigns.

In 1958, the Esso Oil Drop Man was introduced in the United States for Standard Oil, the larger company that owned Esso.  In 1959, Esso and Standard Oil were incorporated by Humble Oil, but continued to sell gasoline under the Esso name.

The Esso Oil Drop Man was paired with the trademark slogan, “Happy Motoring!”  This may be the reason he was named Happy.

Happy the Oil Drop Man appeared in print ads and publications, but was most well known for his appearances on Esso’s service station maps.  These maps could be purchased for a modest fee, and one could get a map, or “Travel Aid”, for many countries in Western Europe, North Africa, the USA and Canada.

Vintage Humble Sign Info

When we use the terms "Museum Quality" and "Historically Correct," we are indicating our world-class process. We absolutely preserve all original signs, badges, glass with anomalies, natural aged patinas, and everything that makes a vintage item collectible. Maintaining non-structural damage, all age, wear, and tear is proudly displayed to showcase each item's unique charm.

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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