From Vintage Treasures to Cultural Artifacts: The Enchanting World of Petrol Station Pumps at Fisogni Museum
Bergomi Petrol Pump 1960
The Fisogni Museum, located near Milan, Italy, is dedicated to showcasing petrol station pumps and ephemera. Guido Fisogni, the museum’s founder, began collecting these pumps over thirty years ago.
The earliest fuel pump was invented by Sylvanus Bowser in 1885, while the first gasoline pump was patented by John J. Tokheim in 1901. Early pumps had calibrated glass cylinders or small globes to measure and dispense fuel.
What sets the Fisogni Museum apart is not only its extensive collection of petrol station pumps but also the aesthetic appeal and attention to detail in each exhibit. The pumps are meticulously restored, painted in vivid colors, and adorned with fonts carefully crafted by renowned graphic designers. This combination of functionality and artistic flair transforms these pumps into more than mere functional objects—they become captivating pieces of industrial art.
Agip, Lighter Charger,1951
Gilbert and Barker, 1921
Bennet, USA, gas pump