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Esso Visible Gas Pump

November 1st, 2010 · 17 Comments

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This is an Esso visible gas pump, called the G&B model 177, made in 1925. The manufacturer was Gilbert & Barker Manufacturing Company. The first gas pumps were �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������visible” gas pumps that drew the gasoline out of the ground and into a 5 to 10 gallon glass cylinder before it was released into the car. The glass allowed the customer to see how much gas was pumped and whether or not it was clean, which was too often not the case. The gas was pumped from the ground using a lever on the pump (not visible in this photo), by pulling it back and forth. When the gas was released, gravity allowed it to flow out of the tall cylinder and in into the car’s gas tank.

Restored G&B Visible Gas Pump

The Gilbert & Barker Manufacturing Company was located in Springfield, Massachusetts. They began manufacturing gas pumps around 1902. The company name was changed to Gilbarco in 1965. In 1966 they relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina where they operate today as Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a subsidiary of the Danaher Corporation. They remain one of the leading gas pump manufacturers in the world today.

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

Tags: Esso · Gas & Oil Companies · Gas Pumps & Station Items · Manufacturer Histories · Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc.

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lara // Nov 18, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Hi, I would like to buy this gadget… is it possible??? and how much is it??

  • 2 Tim Mosley // Dec 11, 2010 at 7:42 am

    May seem like a simple question but I would like to start looking for old gas station equipment such as air metering devices. Any suggestions on where to start ? e.g. clubs, internet sites etc.

  • 3 channing greene // Jan 24, 2011 at 1:19 am

    i have 2 old esso pumps .. would like to know how old they are???

  • 4 steve // May 1, 2011 at 6:38 am

    i have a Wayne 615 series pump my wife bought for the lobby of our Texas restaurant 5 yrs ago. rest since close. would like to sell it for over budget daughters wedding. we paid 7500 WOULD LIKE TO GET AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE. stevehuntley@msn.com

  • 5 Clyde Ayer // May 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I have a Gilbert and Barker T 177 gas pump. I am missing the globe that goes on the very top. According to the information that I got off of the internet it was an Esso globe. I would like to buy one if you have one. If not let me know of someone else that may have one.
    Thank you, Clyde Ayer

  • 6 John Martin // Oct 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I have a Gilbert & Barker Model 176 pump. I am looking for the round bottom base. An original in good condition or a new one. Can you help on this issue? Oct. 27th, 2011
    Thank you, John Martin

  • 7 Joseph Riolo // Dec 10, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Hello, I have recently purchased a G&B model 176 pump. The tag also has a serial number of 5. I am looking for info on the pump to restore it. It is missing the nozzel, hose, top globe, glass and the top ring to secure the glass. Any info on parts or age of pump would be great pics of what to look for also. Thanks, Joseph

  • 8 Marcy // May 4, 2012 at 8:32 am

    We have purchased a gilbert & barker mfg model 177 serial # 25878. everything is here except the globe. Could you let me know where I can buy and just what kind of gas globe was orginially on this pump. It is in very good condition will not restore.

  • 9 Jo Ann // Jun 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I have a G&B Type 177 Serial # 17477 and would
    like to restore to it’s original color and buy a globe. Could you tell me what color these were
    originally? Thanks

  • 10 vintagevending // Jun 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

    A good resource for info and a great venue for contacting other gas pump collectors would be at http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php.
    Also, for replacement parts, try http://www.vics66.com/store/gas-pump-parts/.
    Good luck with your restorations and enjoy your piece of petroliana history!

  • 11 John Boyd // Jul 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I have a GB Model 1-176-100 A 290165, can you give me any info on age color and brand that this unit was. I have everything in good condition except the globe and the very bottom sheet metal hatch or base cover.


  • 12 CLYDE AYER // Aug 9, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I have a Gilbert and Barker Model 177 Esso gas pump like the one pictured here.It has been 90% restored. It has the Esso globe on it.It is for sale. Asking $2500.

  • 13 Lenore // Sep 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    would like a picture of how the lever ( to allow gas from the pump to the vehicle)attaches to the pump. My husband took it apart some time ago and there a few pieces and he wants to be sure to put them back in the proper operating order. I believe it is a model 177. Pics would be great

  • 14 sam // Oct 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    i found a new, un-used gilbert & barker type 99 gas pump still in original shipping crate in my grandfathers garage – would like to know what its worth – & how/where to go about finding a buyer- thanks samiam28@webtv.net

  • 15 Glenn Wood // Feb 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I have a 1927 model 176 Gilbarco gas pump that I am restoring but am having trouble finding the correct paint color or where I can get it. It is an Esso pump that was originally red. Can you help me with the proper color red? I would like to find the base coat/ clear coat paint

  • 16 vintagevending // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Unfortunately, that color is in our database, but most automotive paint stores can scan a part off of the pump and reproduce the color for you.

  • 17 Gordon Hayes // Feb 16, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Want information on Gilbert and Barker model 89-1G. Serial Number 835686.

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