Check The Oil!
The magazine for Petroliana collectors
Check The Oil! magazine has two regular columns that are directly related to the topic of this Website. Letter from Europe looks at the relatively undeveloped Petroliana collecting scene in Europe and also at the history of European Petrol Companies. Articles have included reviews of main exhibitions and swap meets, such as Rétromobile in Paris and the Autumn Beaulieu Autojumble, the histories of firms such as Fina, Elf and Conoco in Europe, individuals' or museum collections, and items of petroliana from locations as diverse as Brussels and Romania.
Dave Leach's regular map column covers Oil Company Road Maps from the USA and also internationally, including Europe. This sometimes focuses on maps from one or more companies (ranging from international names such as Shell to domestic US brands like Billups or Rotary), or sometimes takes a thematic approach like animals or cartoons on maps.
There are typically between six and eight articles in each issue, plus a regular features including the petroliana exchange where subscribers can buy, sell or trade items.
Annual International Petroliana Collectors' Show
CTO! also hosts an annual show (in reality one of the top 3 petroliana swap meets) in Columbus, Ohio, each June. The 2017 event will take place at the Dublin Embassy Suites Hotel on 23-24 June.
Subscribing to Check The Oil!Subscription is easy in both the USA and internationally. In the USA, it's simplest to call toll-free on 1-800-2-CTO-MAG (800-228-6624). Or you can write to "Check The Oil!", PO Box 1523, Massillon OH 44648, USA enclosing a check or money order drawn in US funds on a US domestic bank.
But these days it's easiest to use their online order form which accepts PayPal and major credit cards. Four issues cost, postage paid, US$36 in the USA, US$48 in Canada and US$54 internationally. It's also possible to pay for two years at a slight discount.
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