My dad, Clyde Hodge, is a fanatic. A classic gas station memorabilia fanatic. Over the past twenty plus years, he's accumulated one of the worlds premier collections of gas station related antiques.
It's funny. It started off as a hobby to keep him busy as he retired. Then it got out of control. At this point, he's got buildings full of the stuff. This weekend, he'll be auctioning off a major part of his collection at the Larimer County Fairgrounds.
He'll be selling over 800 pieces. Everything from pumps, signs, globes, mannequins, Coke and Pepsi collectibles, thermometers, a Model A truck, oil bottles and more.
I've learned that even though gas station history isn't my 'thing' - there's a lot to be appreciated there. For instance, gas stations originally were unregulated and attracted a lot of shady dealers. These con men would sell regular gas, but charge the customer for 'high-test'.
Visible pumps, (where you could actually see the gas) were developed in conjunction with the refineries adding colorants to the different grades of gasoline so that the motorist could see which fuel they were getting.
The collection has been on exhibition at both the Longmont and Colorado Springs museums.
The auction begins at 10 a.m. on, both Saturday, May 15 and Sunday May 16. Bidders from around the globe are expected. Saturday evening, after the auction, at 6 p.m., Clyde will host an open house at one his shops at 207 Versaw Court in Berthoud. He'll have more pumps, cars and other items for sale there too.
The auction website is at www.matthewsauctions.com. Listings and pictures of the pieces to be auctioned (each day is separate) are available on the site.