Dufferin County Museum Pumped Up Over Gasoline Memorabilia Collection
The Dufferin County Museum & Archives (DCM&A) is currently featuring a collection of Gasoline related memorabilia belonging to long time DCM&A member, Morley Brown of Primrose.
As part of the Museum’s 2013 Main Exhibit, Collections & Recollections features15 different collections for the remainder of the year. Brown was keynote speaker on June 22 held at the historic Corbetton church located on site, where he informatively spoke of his personal extensive collection of Gasoline signage and memorabilia.
Twenty years ago, Brown and a circle of friends began noticing a new trend. Local signage was becoming a commodity, a collectable item and because his father had been in the gasoline truck delivery business, gasoline signage seemed a perfect fit, distinguishing himself from his fellow collectors.
Director and Curator of the DCM&A, Wayne Townsend, and a small room of collectors and enthusiasts gathered to listen to Brown and delighted in his delivery as information brought back memories of times since passed.
“I love collectors. They have the passion and the time to discuss and explain collections,” Townsend commented.
As a collector, Brown had this to say, “If I owned everything, what would I do then? I guess I could start collecting some other line,” as he stood in front of his Trojan Petroleum Oil sign collection, “I just love collecting. It has absolutely nothing to do with the value of the items. It’s the hunt, the find, the auctions, and the history. It’s all very exciting. The cost of the item doesn’t matter to the collector if any item is needed or wanted for their collection. ”
And it is exciting to see Brown’s collection of City Service Gasoline memorabilia, revealing his passion for collecting and the rich history of the surrounding area connected to items. Every piece has a story, a place of origin, and a significance that all museum visitors can appreciate, including fond memories of old gas stations, the friends who ran them, and the vehicles owned back in the day.
Brown also belongs to the Canadian Service Station Memorabilia Association (CSSMA), a non-profit organization of volunteer, like- minded individuals and collectors where members receive The Garage Door News, a publication issued four times a year. For more information regarding the Association Brown belongs to visit www.allcanadiancompany.com. For more information on Brown’s featured collection, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to pay a visit to the Dufferin Museum.
Written by Alex Sher