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Keesee Model F 106A GASO Hand Operated Visible Gasoline Pump

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Vintage Gas Pumps Restored To Museum Quality, Collector Standards

This is an original Keesee 106A Model F Visible Gas Pump, circa early 1900s. This Keesee gas pump features a 10 gallon visible hand pump that has been fully restored. This Sinclair branded vintage gas pump features an original Milk Glass gas pump globe, with historically correct reproduced red and green Sinclair Aircraft logo from the Sinclair Oil Corp. The antique gas pump seen here showcases the Keesee wide shell visible gas pump from 1920s Americana in galvanized metal with red accent colors and a Sinclair Oils genuine vintage sign belly plate. The glass gas tank includes a price placard. This old gas pump has been completely restored to museum quality. All parts are historically correct and original, and are in full working order. Contact Scottsdale Art Factory to order your restored antique gas pump today.

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Vintage Gas Pump - Specifications:

  • Make/Model: Keesee Gas Pump 106A Model F - Visible hand pump
  • Era: Rare 1925
  • Color: Galvanized And Red
  • Height: 119"
  • Base Diameter: 24"
  • Condition: Antique/Restored museum quality and historical correct
  • Notable Features:
    Original milk glass Sinclair air craft globe light. positive measure attachment Hand pump model with original blue tinted glass 10 gallon tank.

Musuem Quality Vintage Petroliana Restoration from Art

  • Early wide body
  • Wet hose
  • All brass parts are solid polished original brass
  • Rare collectors preferred original "Milk Glass" globe
  • All sign-age is correct original solid porcelain steel (no fake foreign made parts or signs used)
  • All internals have been polished and rebuilt
  • Original glass cylinder with some anomalies from age ( anomalies are kept such as defects, bb, bullet holes are fixed internally and are guaranteed to not leak
  • Pump is in working order
  • Backed by a century of fine craftsmanship since 1913
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From Original Sales Literature - c. 1928

Keesee Manufacturing Co., Inc.
A California Corporation
Exclusive Builders of Keesee Products
Visible Gasoline Pumps, Tanks, Oil Storage Systems

Factory and Office
701-753 West Belgrave Avenue
Huntington Park
Los Angeles, California
Phones: DElaware 3441-3442

Keesee - Cut 106A Model F GASO
Hand Operated Visible Gasoline Pump

Type and Capacity -- Cut 106A, Model F GASO, is a hand operated 10-gallon Visible Unit, and can be installed on any underground storage tank on which a suction pump is used, or can be installed with any new hand pump installation. It is operated by means of a hand lever forward and backward motion, such as is used on this type of equipment.

Equipment -- Cut 106A is furnished complete with all mechanism from the ground up, including wet and dry hose, unions for connecting to installation piping and also check valve at the base of the pump. It is fitted with double action plunger-type piston pump that will raise 10 gallons into the bowl easily in 40 seconds. The pump requires no priming, has self closing valves, is easily operated and is locked at night by removing the handle therefrom. Any lighting extra.

Measurement -- Quantity markers for gallons and half gallons are placed inside on opposite sides of the bowl. Said markers are fit in such manner that they touch the glass. This insures accurate reading. The markers or gallon indicators are made and calibrated for each bowl and permanently set, tested and sealed in the factory, and when once made and installed, any after adjustment is eliminated, if the pump remains level.

Dispensing -- Gasoline is dispensed through the automatic self-closing hose nozzle, especially designed for this type of equipment. The rate of dispensing is approximately 10 gallons in 40 seconds.

Installation -- The pump may be installed any reasonable distance from the storage tank. Installations are made in accordance with any of the four designs shown, or to meet any other requirement desired.

Operation -- This pump is operated by a forward and backward movement of the lever, pumping gasoline into the bowl up to the overflow. When pumping is stopped the level of gasoline returns to the zero mark ready to be drawn out. The bowl is drained at night by means of a positive quick-opening valve which completely drains the 10 gallons in approximately 20 seconds. To open the drain valve, completely shut the door, and to shut the drain valve, completely open the door.

Construction -- Cut 106A is well constructed in every detail. It is fitted with plunger type, double acting, hand operated piston pump. The piston is bronze with regular piston rings therein. There is no leather or rubber deteriorating parts used in this plunger type of pump. This pump requires no priming, is easily operated and is fitted with a clutch-like removable handle. Fitted with sliding door, which provides for locking the hose and valve in at night, also for opening and closing the fire valve, the door being at the extreme top for opening and at the extreme bottom for closing. The gallon and half gallon indicators are made for each individual bowl, are permanently set and sealed in place. The bowl is cleaned by removing the canopy, care being taken not to disturb the markers, the canopy being replaced securely before again resuming operation. To clean the outside of the bowl, the screen is removable.

Lighting -- The pump may be fitted with either side or top lighting with enclosed vapor-proof fittings at additional cost of $12.00.

Weight and Dimensions -- Cut 106A is 8 feet 6 inches without lights, base diameter 26 inches, hole in island for pipe 15 inches in diameter. Shipping weight, crated, approximately 400 pounds.

All models of Keesee Equipment are manufactured in what is called the progressive type, that is, the parts of each model are interchangeable with the other. Outward appearance of each are the same.

Net Price List
Effective September 15, 1928, for Pacific Coast States
Cut 106A Model F GASO Hand Operated, visible pump $135.00

Vintage Gas Pumps - Visible Gasoline Pumps Historical Facts

The first hurdle in developing the modern gasoline pump was recognizing that such a thing was needed. Early in the century, when cars were still rare, gasoline was essentially a nuisance for petroleum refiners, a byproduct of kerosene distillation that had to be disposed of somehow.

It had a variety of minor uses: as a solvent and as a fuel for lamps, stoves, and engines. Automobiles were somewhere near the bottom of the list. Customers who wanted to buy gasoline would go to the back of their local hardware, general, or grocery store, wait for the proprietor to pour the required amount from a barrel or tank, and then carry it away in a leaky metal canister.

As automobiles grew more common, the danger and inconvenience of this method became evident. Sylvanus F. Bowser of Fort Wayne, Indiana, took the first step toward safe gasoline sales in 1905 by adapting a kerosene pump he had designed twenty years earlier. Bowser's "Self-measuring Gasoline Storage Pump" consisted of a fifty-gallon metal tank enclosed in a wooden cabinet with fume vents. A hand-operated suction mechanism pumped gasoline directly into the vehicle through a flexible hose, with each pull of the lever dispensing a preset amount.

For easy access the unit could be set up in front of a store or at the curb. Jake Gumpper, a stove-gas supplier who became Bowser's first salesman, dubbed the arrangement a "filling station." Other companies quickly brought out similar apparatus.

Using a pump instead of a simple gravity-operated spigot made it possible to put the tank underground, which was safer, took up less space, and reduced contamination and evaporation. Pump makers soon added gauges to measure the amount dispensed. These changes were not always in the consumer's interest, since unscrupulous dealers could adulterate the unseen gasoline or overcharge by rigging the dial.

The answer was to let the customer see what and how much he was buying. As early as 1901 John J. Tokheim of Thor, Iowa, patented a pumping unit with a domed glass cylinder on top. The product being dispensed—kerosene, machine oil, or gasoline - would first be pumped into the cylinder, which was marked with a volume scale. Read more...


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