Here is your chance to own an impeccable restored 1940’s and 1950’s era gas pump. This would compliment your garage or classic car.
- sandblasted and powder-coated interior black. It will never rust!
- pump removed so you wont smell gas
- the gears (called a clock) were fully restored by the industry best
- automotive “show car” quality paint included clear coat over decals to protect them forever
- all new wiring with LED bulbs make this a great nightlight
- all new parts including nozzle, hose, clock face, sight glass, and stainless screws and nuts
- doors open easily to show off your incredible pump to your friends
Local pickup in Chicago, IL or i am help blanket wrap and have it shipped to you at my wholesale cost.
Buy with confidence knowing that this is a high end restoration.
About The Company that made it:
Gas pumps really weren’t a thing until starting in the 1880’s, and it wasn’t until 1898 that there were pumps that used underground tanks. Once the automobile became more popular, in the 1920s, service stations started to pop up all over. It was then that gas pumps started to become a promotional item.
Early gas pumps, billed as visible gas pumps, had clear glass cylinders. With 5 or 10 gallons in the clear top section of the pump, you could see that you were getting both enough, and clean gas. Dirty gas was big deal at that time, and it was dirty enough that you could tell by looking.
Martin and Schwartz
In 1922, Martin and Schwartz was founded in Buffalo, New York. They manufactured different types of industrial equipment, including gas pumps. The revolutionary (at the time) clock-face pump to record sales was introduced about a decade later. By 1937, over thirty different variations of the supremely popular Model 70 were in use.
The pump used a simple gravity flow system down the hose to the car. Later, there were electric pumps, but everyone still needed to watch the gas. The sight glass, a small transparent cylinder did the job. The clock face kept track of the amount of gas, but the station attendant still had to figure out how much it cost. Of course, eventually that was worked out for us, too.
From 1937 to 1949, Martin and Schwartz (M&S) were owned by a group of oil companies. The consortium was made up of Sunoco, Mobil, Conoco and Standard (Indiana). With this group of companies as their best customers, M&S sold huge numbers of pumps and needless to say, prospered.
In 1939, Martin and Schwartz moved their operations to Salisbury, Maryland. After WWII, they focused on manufacturing gas pumps for the four companies that owned them. Reasonably easy sell, that.
Many say that the 4 oil companies purchased the shares so M&S had a captive market for the gas pumps. Not everyone agrees. When the companies purchased M&S, they started manufacturing the M&S Model 70 Gas Pump. Over the next decade, until the M&S 80 was introduced in1946, Conoco never used the M&S Model 70. The 4 companies all used the M&S Model 80 after 1946, but the questions remain about the decade before.
Conoco didn’t just not use the M&S Model 70s, but their ads pictured other manufacturers’ pumps. Odd, since they did own Martin and Schwartz at the time.
Mobile used some M&S pumps, but also strangely opted for others.
Sunoco was absolutely consistent in using the M&S gas pumps throughout this time. In fact, William Bateman from Sunoco was in charge of M&S when the consortium of oil companies first made the purchase in 1937. Sunoco was a majority owner of the M&S, owning over 80% of the stock. The other 3 minority share owners considered their investment to be more of a financial interest, not setting themselves up with a specific supplier. That certainly explains Sunoco’s dedicated use of the M&S Model 70 gas pumps!
M&S Model 80
Early on, Martin & Schwartz dealt with some production issues which made it difficult to supply Mobile, Conoco and Standard, until production was increased in 1946, and the still extremely popular M&S Model 80 was introduced.
The most collectible gas pumps are the early Martin and Schwartz clock faced models with the cylinder on top that only keep track of gallons. The computing pumps that calculate the cost from the ‘30’s along into the ‘50’s are also quite popular with collectors. Gas pumps from the ‘30’s are particularly cool with their art deco style and they are like over 8 feet tall!
The Model 80 Script Top Pumps were custom made for only 3 companies in the consortium. Sunoco, Conoco and Mobile featured stamped tops, with an internally illuminated plastic lettered insert. Early in the days of travel by automobile, service stations were not so common. An unfamiliar sight on the roadways, and frequently poorly lit, lighted gas-pump tops plus other illuminated signage reassured motorists the station was open for business.
The Wayne Pump Company
In 1949, the 4 way consortium of oil companies broke up, leaving Martin and Schwartz open to bidders. It wasn’t until 1951 though that the Wayne Pump Company scooped up just a minority interest. The Wayne Pump Company quickly consolidated their headquarters and manufacturing from Ft. Wayne, Indiana to within the M&S facilities in Maryland.
They continued the production of the Model 80 for several years after that. For a time the Model 80 was designated as an M&S/ Wayne product, but eventually they dropped the reference to M&S and simply called it the Wayne Model 80.
In retrospect we can see that many of the developments credited to the Wayne Company were based on Martin and Schwartz technology, even to this day.