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This is an original Fry Visible Gas Pump, circa early 1900s. This Mae West 10 gallon Guaranteed Liquid Measure Company visible hand pump Fry Model 117 vintage gas pump features an original Milk Glass Sinclair Ethel globe, and is completely restored to museum antique quality. All parts are historically correct and original, and are in full working order.

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Note: Due to our earned reputation, we have the good fortune to be in high demand by collectors. We always have a waiting list for most items. We suggest if you are looking for a specific collectable, restored to this level, please ask to be placed on our first come, first served list. (Refundable deposit required.) Call 1-800-292-0008

Our master craftsman at the Scottsdale Art Factory restore all vintage antiques using original parts, refinished to museum quality that is historically correct.

All vintage memorabilia, automobila, and petroliana is real collectable appreciable assets, not fake reproductions. All new items are hand crafted in the same hand and materials as it was done in its era "When Things Were Made in America to Last Forever". If we say "Restored" we mean complete restoration to its original production offering in its era. If we say "Restormod" we mean exact copy with some improved modifications or customizations. All items are fine collectable art at the highest world class collector level.

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Vintage Gas Pump - Specifications:

  • Make/Model: Fry Visible Gas Pump "Mae West" Model 117 - Guarantee Liquid Measure Co.
  • Era: 1910-1930
  • Color: White and Green
  • Height: 119"
  • Base Diameter: 24"
  • Condition: Antique/Restored museum quality and historical correct
  • Notable Features:
    Original milk glass Sinclair globe light. Mae West hand pump model with original blue tinted glass 10 gallon tank.

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  • All brass parts are solid polished original brass
  • Rare collectors preferred original "Milk Glass" globe
  • All sign-age is correct porcelain original era material (no fake foreign made parts or signs used)
  • All internals have been polished and rebuilt
  • Pump is in working order
  • Backed by a century of fine craftsmanship since 1913

NOTE -- Due to our earned reputation we have the good fortune to be in high demand by collectors. We always have a waiting list for most antique and vintage items. We suggest if you're looking for a specific collectable restored to this level, that you please ask to be put on our first come, first served list (a refundable deposit is required).

Antique Gas Pumps - Historical Origin and Design Inspiration

Fry Visible Gas Pump History:
Guaranteed Liquid Measure Visible Pump used throughout the early 1920s, was often referred to as the Fry Visible Gas Pump. The most popular models of the Fry Visible Pump, named after the company founder, were the Fry Model 117 and Fry Model 17. These vintage gas pumps, with their hourglass shape, were nicknamed after the curvaceous actress of that era "Mae West". The "visible" gas pumps allowed customers to view the color and quality of the gasoline through the transparent glass fuel tank.

Sinclair Gasoline & Fry Mae West Visible Gas Pumps - Historical Facts

Sinclair Oil Corporation is an American petroleum corporation, founded by Harry F. Sinclair on May 1, 1916 as the Sinclair Oil & Refining Corporation by combining the assets of 11 small petroleum companies. Originally a New York corporation, Sinclair Oil reincorporated in Wyoming in 1976. The corporation's logo features the silhouette of a large green dinosaur. Sinclair has long been a fixture on American roads with its dinosaur logo and mascot, an Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus).

During September 1919, Harry F. Sinclair restructured Sinclair Oil & Refining Corporation, Sinclair Gulf Corporation, and 26 other related entities into Sinclair Consolidated Oil Corporation. In 1932, this new entity was renamed Consolidated Oil Corporation. In 1943, it was renamed Sinclair Oil Corporation. Near the beginning of the Great Depression, Sinclair sold the remaining interest in its pipeline subsidiary to Standard Oil Company (Indiana) for US$72.5 million (Standard Oil had purchased a 50% interest in the pipeline subsidiary in 1921). With these funds, including an additional US$33.5 million from an additional common stock issue, Sinclair retired a number of promissory notes and prepared to weather the Depression with the remaining supply of cash.

During the Great Depression, Sinclair saved a number of other petroleum companies from receivership or bankruptcy, and acquired others to expand its operations. In 1932, Sinclair purchased the assets of Prairie Oil & Gas's pipeline and producing companies in the southern United States, and the Rio Grande Oil Company in California. The purchase of Prairie also gave Sinclair a 65-percent interest in Producers & Refiners Corporation (or Parco), which Sinclair subsequently acquired when Parco entered receivership in 1934. Lastly, in 1936, Sinclair purchased the East Coast marketing subsidiary of Richfield Oil Company, which had operated in receivership for several years. Richfield then reorganized, resulting in the creation of the Richfield Oil Corporation. Sinclair was instrumental in transferring capital and managerial assets into Richfield. Thirty years later, Richfield merged with Atlantic Refining, located on the East Coast, forming Atlantic Richfield.

Sinclair Dinoland plastic Brontosaurus, 1964, in the collection of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis At the Chicago World's Fair of 1933-1934, Sinclair sponsored a dinosaur exhibit meant to point out the putative correlation between the formation of petroleum deposits and the Age of Dinosaurs. The exhibit included a two-ton animated model of a brontosaur. The exhibit proved so popular it inspired a promotional line of rubber brontosaurs at Sinclair stations, complete with wiggling heads and tails, and the eventual inclusion of the brontosaur logo. Later, inflatable dinosaurs were given as promotional items, and an anthropomorphic version appeared as a service-station attendant in advertisements. Some locations have a life-size model of the mascot straddling the building's entrance.

At the New York World's Fair of 19641965, Sinclair again sponsored a dinosaur exhibit, "Dinoland," featuring life-size replicas of nine different dinosaurs, including their signature brontosaurus. Souvenirs from the exhibit included a brochure ("Sinclair and the Exciting World of Dinosaurs") and molded plastic figurines of the dinosaurs featured. After the Fair closed, Dinoland spent a period of time as a traveling exhibit. Two of the replicas are still on display to this day at Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose, Texas.


From Original Sales Literature

Guarantee Liquid Measure Company
Factory and Office
Rochester, Pennsylvania

The GUARANTEE VISIBLE was designed and placed on the market to fill a demand created by the motor car owner for a pump which would give him a gallon of gasoline for every gallon paid for.

The GUARANTEE VISIBLE is the aristocrat of the pump world. Its symmetrical lines and handsome appearance make it a decoration to any service station, while the visible measure calls out to the car owner, "Here is the place to secure full measure. Buy from me, and you are assured of a gallon for every gallon paid for."

Its Accurate Measuring Device
With its combination of vacuum feed and transparent container, the GUARANTEE VISIBLE has, at one stroke, removed every objection which applied to the old style piston pump. No matter how it is operated, it cannot give less NOR MORE that a gallon for a gallon. The delivering valve is placed at a sufficient height to guarantee an ample fall to the tank of any automobile or truck, thus insuring perfect draining of the hose, and in the nozzle of the hose is a copper screen of exceedingly fine mesh which strains all solid matter and water from the gasoline and eliminates carburetor troubles. And this is all done without loss of time. The GUARANTEE VISIBLE will serve as many customers in a given length of time as any other pump now on the market, and at the same time serve them in a manner which will insure their return.

Equipment No. 117
For the past three years we have recognized the growing need for a fast, visible, 10-gallon capacity, hand operated pump at a low price. Equipment No. 117 Double Action is the answer. This pump has been painstakenly developed, each feature being included only after it had been thoroughly proved by continuous operation under field conditions. Careful investigation has shown that the pump that would perfectly meet the need must have these qualities - Absolute accuracy, visibility, speed, simplicity, low installation cost, low-up-keep and low selling price.

All of these requirements have been completely met in Equipment No. 117 - and more, it is a beautiful pump. The pumping unit is conveniently located in the base. All pipe work completely concealed within the symmetrical pedestal. It has the famous Fry adjustable over-flow principle of measurement, which makes possible absolute and continuous accuracy. It is visible. The pumping unit is double action; and operates with a minimum of effort; literally speaking, it is the fastest visible hand pump made.

Its mechanical construction is simple and durable. The double action pumping unit is all metal; no leathers or washers. It will work for years without even an adjustment. Every part is immediately accessible. The installation is simple and inexpensive. There are no check or foot valves that affect the measurement.It is labeled by the Underwriters Laboratories.

We tell you with confidence that this is a perfect pump. It is handsome in appearance, a wonderful business-getter and you can install it and forget it so far as upkeep is concerned.

1 - Light Socket
1 - Set Side Lights
1 - Globe Holder
1 - 10 ft. 1 1/4 in. Hose
1 - Nozzle
Height to Globe Holder - 8 ft. 4 inches
Shipping Weight - 470 pounds

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