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Vintage Neon Valvoline Sign: Original 1950’s Embossed Tin Litho – NS6501

This Extremely Rare, Extra Large, Valvoline Motor Oil Sign Featuring The Slogan “The World’s First Motor Oil” Is Over 70-Years-Old, And Measures Nearly 6 Feet Wide, Making It A Centerpiece Quality Item For Even The Most Serious Petroliana Collector

An Original Embossed Tin Litho Advertising Sign, With 101 Point Neon And Electrical Restoration, Neon Tubes Hand Blown And Bent By Our In-House Master Glass Blowers, All New Electrical Components, Wiring, Mounts, And Solid State Transformers; This Vintage Neon Valvoline Sign Has Received Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick’s Brass Tag Signature Certification As A World Class Fine Art, Museum And Investment Quality Piece


Vintage Neon Valvoline Sign: Original 1950's Embossed Tin Litho

This original 1950's era, vintage neon Valvoline sign, is an authentic heavy metal, embossed tin litho advertisement, with fully restored, working neon. It is just one of the hundreds of authentic, vintage petroliana signs and collectibles we have available for sale at This extra large, centerpiece sized sign, measures 69 1/2 inches wide by 33 1/2 inches tall and is 6 inches deep, including the heavy metal electrical housing can. This rare vintage motor oil advertisement was made in the U.S.A. by Allen Morrison Sign Company of Lynchburg, Virginia, and was manufactured in 2-53 (February 1953), per the maker's mark in the lower left corner of the sign. A sign of this size is the perfect collection centerpiece for even the most serious vintage petroliana collector. The sign is rectangular in shape, and has a green background with raised embossed yellow lettering. It reads "The World's First" (lit with red neon) at the top of the sign, "VALVOLINE" (lit in yellow neon) in the center of the sign, and  "Motor Oil" (lit in blue neon) at the bottom of the sign. There is a yellow outline around the outer edge of the sign that also lights up with yellow neon. In the bottom right corner of the sign is the manufactures model number for this sign (2115A).

Like all of our collectible signs, this vintage neon Valvoline sign is sold in original, unrestored condition (as pictured).We do not believe in restoring old signs because it is our belief that every ding, dent, and blemish is part of the story and history of the item. This sign is in very clean condition overall. It has a number of very light scratches on the sign face, but does not have any large, significant, or deep scratches. There are some minor dings and dents as well but these are also not significant enough to affect the aesthetics of the sign. Other than these very minor blemishes, the sign is free of damage, has clean lettering, and most importantly is free of rust. Additionally, this item does not appear to have ever been displayed outdoors, as it doesn't have rusting, and does not appear to have been struck by wind blown objects.

Vintage Neon Valvoline Sign Specifications

  • Type: Lighted Vintage Genuine Embossed Tin Litho Sign With Fully Rebuilt Neon And Wiring As Well As Metal Housing Can
  • Sides: Single Sided
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Company: Valvoline
  • Product: Motor Oil
  • Slogan: The World's First Motor Oil" Allen-Morrison Sign Co.
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  • Date Of Manufacture: February 1952
  • Place Of Manufacture: Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • Color: Green/Yellow
  • Neon Color: Yellow (Sign Border Outline/Lettering "VALVOLINE")/Red (Lettering "The World's First"/Blue (Lettering "Motor Oil")
  • Dimensions: 69 1/2 Inches Wide By 33 1/2 Inches Tall (6 Inches Deep Including Heavy Metal Can)
  • Condition: Original Heavy Metal Embossed Tin Litho Sign, Not Restored Or Doctored, As-Pictured, See Photos For Details
  • Neon Details: All Neon And Solid State Transformers, Wiring Mounts, Switches, and Wires Have Been Replaced.
  • Comes With H.J. Nick Exclusive “Fast Hanger Bar” Allowing A Simple And Easy Way To Hang Straight And True Every Time
  • Housing Can Rebuilt In Heavy Gage Steel And Finished For Indoor Or Outdoor Use
  • Neon Has Separate Toggle Pull Chord As Pictured So That The Sign Can Easily Be Switched On And Off Without Unplugging

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Vintage Neon Valvoline Sign Neon Restoration Info

The sign overall is in Excellent (Exl) condition, which is a rare find in itself, and is as clean of an example of this now over 70-year-old sign that you will find. We do not believe in restoring old signs because it is our belief that every ding, dent, and blemish is part of the story and history of the item. The only exception to this, is the 101 point, museum quality neon and electrical restoration, which is done under the supervision of, signed, and certified by award winning artist H.J. Nick as meeting all world class fine art 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. All neon restored by our in house glass blowers, who have blown new glass using the same techniques and materials that were used for the original neon. Also, any electrical parts including wiring and solid state transformers have been replaced. The neon features a separate on/off toggle pull cord, as pictured.

Vintage Neon Valvoline Sign Additional Details

This vintage neon Valvoline sign, and all of our signs are guaranteed to be authentic, backed by over a century of experience in the antiques and collectibles marketplace. This sign 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. In addition to signs, we have 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 embossed tin, vintage Valvoline neon sign is the perfect conversation piece that will wow your friends and clients alike. Like all of our vintage collectible signs, it is guaranteed authentic, investment quality memorabilia. We specialize in those hard to find signs that serious collectors are looking for. All antique collectables 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 for pricing on this, vintage Valvoline neon sign, or any of our collectible Americana, antique signs, old gas pumps, and classic collectables at 1-800-292-0008. & 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.

Valvoline History: "The World's First Motor Oil"

Valvoline logo

Valvoline logo, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Valvoline is indeed one of the oldest and most recognized motor oil brands in the world. Its history dates back to the mid-19th century, making it a pioneering name in the lubricant industry. Here's an overview of the history of Valvoline, the world's first motor oil:

1. Founding of the Company: Valvoline was founded by Dr. John Ellis in 1866 in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Ellis was a chemist and a firm believer in the potential of petroleum-based products as effective lubricants. He experimented with various petroleum distillates and created a lubricating oil that he named "Valvoline."

2. Early Development: Valvoline initially gained popularity as a lubricant for steam engines and heavy machinery. Its effectiveness and reliability led to increased demand, and the company quickly expanded its market reach.

3. First Motor Oil for Internal Combustion Engines: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as internal combustion engines gained popularity, Valvoline recognized the need for specialized motor oil. In 1896, Valvoline launched its first motor oil specifically designed for early automobile engines, making it one of the earliest motor oil brands in the world.

4. Growth and Expansion: As the automotive industry boomed, Valvoline continued to grow and expand its product offerings. The company's commitment to innovation and quality contributed to its success.

5. Acquisition and Modernization: In 1939, Ashland Oil & Refining Company acquired Valvoline, bringing new resources and opportunities for the brand. Under Ashland's ownership, Valvoline continued to thrive and became a leading player in the lubricant market.

6. Technological Advancements: Throughout the 20th century, Valvoline remained at the forefront of lubricant technology. It developed various advanced motor oils, including synthetic blends and fully synthetic oils, to meet the changing needs of modern engines.

7. Global Presence: Over the years, Valvoline expanded its presence internationally and became a well-known brand in many countries around the world.

Today, Valvoline continues to be a major player in the global lubricant market, offering a wide range of motor oils, lubricants, and automotive maintenance products. Its legacy as one of the world's first motor oil brands and its commitment to quality and innovation have contributed to its enduring success.

Allen-Morrison Sign Co. History

The Allen-Morrison Sign Company was a prominent sign-making company that was founded in 1919 and based in Lynchburg, West Virginia. hey produced metal signs for many large oil companies, and also had contracts with Coca-Cola and other soft drink companies. (Photo's by Lynchburg Photos). The company was known for its high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, and it created signs for a wide variety of businesses, from small local stores to large corporations. The company's early signs were hand-painted and made of materials such as wood, metal, and glass. However, as technology advanced, the company incorporated newer materials and techniques into its work, including neon signs and more efficient lighting systems.

Allen-Morrison remained a family-owned and operated business throughout its history, and it was known for its commitment to customer service and its ability to create custom signs that met the unique needs of each client. In addition to traditional signs, the company also created billboards and other outdoor advertising and provided installation and maintenance services for its products. During the 1940's and 1950's, Allen-Morrison was one of the major manufacturers of porcelain signs in the United States, producing approximately 80% of the porcelain signs in the country during this era. This number is testament to the quality of their workmanship and their reputation as a leading sign-making company. The company's porcelain signs were highly regarded for their quality, durability, and vibrant colors, and are considered to be some of the most collectible vintage signs today.

Despite its success and reputation for quality work, the Allen-Morrison Sign Company eventually closed its doors in 1990, as a result of changing economic and technological factors (such as the proliferation of plastic signs). However, its legacy lives on, and its signs can still be seen in many communities throughout West Virginia and the United States.

Vintage Neon Valvoline 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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