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Fighting Oil Fires with Mud and Steam (May, 1929)

Fighting Oil Fires with Mud and Steam


Tunneling 50 feet beneath the surface of the earth to tap the casing of a burning oil well, California firemen subdued the fierce flames by injecting a mixture of mud and live steam into the heart of the flaring well.

WHEN nature goes on a rampage and expresses her feelings in the form of a gas or oil blowout in the oil fields, the fire which frequently accompanies the upheaval would tax the resources of a metropolitan fire department.

Simple Device Makes Signs Instantly Interchangeable (Jul, 1932)

What I find interesting about this is, was this just a test sign? Or did people really used to go into a gas station and shop for gasoline by brand?

Simple Device Makes Signs Instantly Interchangeable

WITH the price of gasoline changing almost daily, station attendants will welcome the new metal sign system, shown on the left, which allows price notices to be changed in a jiffy—without altering the sign’s neatness.

The name plate is equipped with a bracket which slips over the metal post and is clamped tight. The lower edge of this plate is bent to provide a flat sleeve and a longitudinal slot. Price plates have a flat, solid head which slides into this slot and is locked by pressure.

How Oklahoma Agents Put Hot Oil On the Spot (Jul, 1933)

Of course the first thing that came to mind when I saw this article was: “I drink your milkshake”

How Oklahoma Agents Put Hot Oil On the Spot


“Hot Oil,” in the language of the oil fields, is stolen petroleum. A gigantic conspiracy among unscrupulous producers to loot the restricted Oklahoma fields of their black gold, through such elaborate mechanical methods as secret pumps, buried pipes, hollow cores in shut-off valves, etc., has just been uncovered by Oklahoma militiamen. A complete exposure of amazing secret methods is made in this gripping article.



Fred Perry, Pittsburgh. Pa., hobbyist, has spent years making this working model of an early 1900 Pennsylvania oil field which stands on a platform in his garage.

Miniature powerhouse supplies jack pumps with power to bring oil from wells to nearby tanks. Pipelines then carry it to the storage tanks.

Here Perry tightens bolt on tiny jack pump with one of the special tools he had to make himself in order to assemble and maintain his oil field.

Now you’re cooking out with gas. (Mar, 1970)

Every time I see an ad for gas grills I think of Hank Hill

Now you’re cooking out with gas.

It’s simple with a gas grill. You get real outdoor flavor. With no lighter fluids, no ashes, no mess. No waiting, either. Gas reaches cooking temperature fast, then keeps the exact heat you want. So go ahead. Broil steaks. Grill hamburgers. Barbecue a nice big turkey. And eat by soft gas light. For grills and gas lights see your gas company or your local dealer.

Gas gives you a better deal


What a way to run a “monopoly!” (Jul, 1976)

So, how many of these are left?

What a way to run a “monopoly!”

You’re looking at some of the brands and names of companies that sell gasoline. Some people say oil companies are a monopoly. If so, it’s the world’s most inept “monopoly.”

This “monopoly” is so inept that it offers the world’s richest country some of the world’s most inexpensive gasoline.

This “monopoly” is so inept that it lets everybody and his brother horn in on the action. Did you know that of the thousands of American oil companies, none has larger than an 8.5% share of the national gasoline market?

In fact, this “monopoly” is so inept that you probably wouldn’t recognize that it is a monopoly because it looks so much like a competitive marketing system.

People who call us a monopoly obviously don’t know what they’re talking about.

Union Oil Company of California
Los Angeles. California 90017

New Pipe Lines Point to Gas Heating Era (Aug, 1930)

New Pipe Lines Point to Gas Heating Era


CHICAGO is going to get natural gas. San Francisco already has it. New York may get it. This is likely to make radical changes in the daily lives of millions of Americans who live in, or near, those cities. For natural gas is cheap gas.

Natural gas comes from wells where Nature put it and is free for the finding. It is better than manufactured gas because it has twice as much heat in it. It is, therefore, far cheaper to use, even when the price, by the cubic foot, is the same for each.

Mobil Political Ad: A platform in search of a candidate (Mar, 1988)

Huh, this sounds exactly like the platform of a certain political party, no?

A platform in search of a candidate

Many a political pundit has noted that people generally vote their pocketbooks. They tend to elect the candidates they believe capable of steering the nation toward better times—more jobs, a higher standard of living, and the achievement of both personal aspirations and national goals.

Now, in the midst of the presidential campaign, we’re listing some points that are often overlooked in all the speechmaking, but bear directly on America’s economic health—a platform in search of a candidate, so to speak. In a nonpartisan spirit, and with profound respect, we urge that the next President:

Fireworks Find Oil (Oct, 1938)

Fireworks Find Oil

Continental Oil Company

That newcomer in industrial science, the Geophysicist, builds a little earthquake, listens to the result, and takes the guesswork out of petroleum exploration.

THE waves sent out by an earthquake travel at varying speeds in different kinds of earth and rock. Knowledge of these speeds permits the calculation of the approximate distance of the ‘quake after a seismograph gives its reading.

Shell Ad: A phantom herd… from deep down underground (Aug, 1956)

A phantom herd… from deep down underground

Not long ago the primary source of glycerine was herds of cattle! Fats from these animals were transformed, by the makers of soap, into glycerine.

Gliding unseen through underground pipelines to the refinery and then the chemical plant, petroleum has become the partner of cattle herds. From the products of petroleum, Shell Chemical has been making high-quality glycerine since 1948.

Today, Shell glycerine fills about one-third of
America’s needs. It goes into ink, explosives, lipstick … cellophane and tobacco … toothpaste, paint, even sausage casings. It’s used in more than 1500 different ways … in just about every industry.

Manufacture of glycerine from the products of petroleum is another Shell Chemical contribution to the nation’s industry.
Shell Chemical Corporation
Chemical Partner of Industry and Agriculture