So Who Am I Anyway?

Hello! Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me! My Name is Nathan Lippe, I'm 21 years old and I am a resident of Dubuque, Iowa. I am currently a student at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. Majoring in Management, I am very involved in campus. It's almost the end of my Junior year, just one left!  One of my favorite things to do is to spread the message of leadership, and how small events in your life can have a profound effect on the direction that your life takes.  In my case, one auction has lead to travel, a job, fun, and great friends!

Feel free to email me and share links, pictures, and ideas of your collecting history.

I've always had a passion for old things and the history behind them. But what began as a quest for knowledge brings me to where I am today. In the summer of 1994 my parents were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, so all of the relatives were in town. One night my Dad, my Uncle Charlie, and I were on the front porch talking about what we had been up to that year. My Uncle mentioned that he was about ready for his auction this coming fall. Little did I know, but for 16 years I had never seen the contents of his basement. He had been an avid railroad and advertising collector for many years. It was then that my Dad and I decided we would make the trip to Indiana to go to his auction of his collection. Well during the month between the celebration and his auction he suddenly passed away. This made it even more important to make it out to his auction. The time came and we pulled up to the auction site and words cannot describe the amount of stuff that my uncle had accumulated over the years. I knew I had to have a couple of signs to hang on the walls of my room. Well as the day wore on I ended up with several nice signs to hang on the wall. When I got home I decided what the heck, I'll collect advertising signs and the bug had bitten. For the next year or so I bought quite a few signs, but something was missing. There was no hunt for these signs, it was just, get money and go buy a sign...not too much fun if you ask me. It was then that I found a really nice Texaco Fire Chief Pump Plate and I had to have it. That night I laid and admired the sign which quickly had become one of my favorites. The next day I started to sell off my advertising signs( keeping only the ones from my Uncle's auction) and hunt for these gas signs. Along the way I found maps and cans and all of that little stuff and I began to call myself a gas collector. At first I collected anything with a gas logo, but now I've narrowed my searches down to Maps, Cans, Signs, and Globes. So that's my sob story of how I got started collecting. I have many people that have helped fuel my interest, but most of all, My Uncle Charlie!

I have particular interest in items from the Iowa Oil Company in Dubuque, IA. (See Page on this Website). I'm also interested in Midwest brands such as Paraland, Martin Oil, Sovereign Service and Wareco, all of these have become focal points of my collection.  Furthermore, I collect Round outboard quarts, other cans, signs, maps and globes.  




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