In the mid-20th century, 0il & gas companies offered free promotional giveaways in the form of plastic novelty salt and pepper shaker gas pumps. According to Mark Cioni in an article published in the Novelty Salt & Pepper Shakers Club in the Spring newsletter in 1996, this practice occurred between 1948-1972 and individual dealers would have to order a minimum of 50 – they would then pass them out to costumers or at “dealer or jobber dinners”.
Each set is only three inches high and a correct pair will have pour holes in the shape of an “S” and a “P”. The decals are either paper stickers or water transfers. Some simply have the name of the brand etched into the front. The back sides may or may not have the etched name of the specific gas station including address from where the shakers were given away.
Given the cross collectible nature of these shakers in competition with the gas and oil collectors, the unusual brands and styles of these shakers can command premium dollars.
Brands (A to Z)
Amlico (American Liberty Oil Company)
Calso (California Standard Oil)
Farmers Union Co-Op
Farm Service (FS)
Farm Bureau Co-Op