Gas and Oil Advertising Patches
For nearly a century, gas and oil companies have been adding their logos to employees clothing. The logos may come in the form of of an iron-on patch, or they can be embroidered into the clothing. As companies change their patch designs, some of the logos inevitably go out of print and become collectors items.What are the measurements of a typical patch?
Many patches are roughly 3 by 3 or 3 by 2 inches. However, there is no standardized size in the oil industry, and sizes will vary depending on the company and their logo. The following list contains a random sample of vintage patch sizes (all measurements in inches).
- 3 by 2
- 3 by 3
- 5 by 10 (this is a larger, back of the jacket patch)
- 2 by 4
- 3 by 3
This will also vary as many of the patches are out of print.
- 1960s-present: Patches with logos from this era tend to be plentiful, though there may be exceptions for certain companies.
- 1940s-50s: These patches are a little more rare but can be found frequently enough.
- 1930s and earlier: A custom patch containing logos designed during this era may range from somewhat to extremely rare.
Yes, an iron-on patch can be sewed on just like a regular sew-on patch.
- An iron-on patch can be both ironed on or sewed on while a sew-on patch can only be sewed on.
- Iron-on patches embroidered with logos may have a heat seal. They can still be sewed or ironed on.
- An iron-on patch tends to last longer due to its heat seal.
For someone who wants an oil and gas company patch to keep as a collectors item, no special care is needed. For someone planning to attach it to clothing, some steps can be taken to preserve its quality.
- For patches with embroidered logos, only sew around the edges.
- Dont wash the material more than necessary.
- If ironing a patch, make sure its on a flat surface.
Figuring out which type of embroidered or iron-on patch you have is useful when deciding how to care for it.
- Logos made on embroidered patches typically have a plastic, glue-like substance on the back.
- Embroidered oil logos tend to be made of thicker material than iron-on ones.
- Logos on patches with a cloth backing can be attached with a special adhesive known as fusible web.