First, I'd like to thank Doc for the banner. Great job as always
Haven't had much time lately to work on the COTM lately so lets just get some pictures goin first. Feel free to post any pictures you have and if I make any mistakes in the history of Pennzoil please correct me.
GREAT START TO AN AWESOME MOTOR OIL BRAND. HOPE TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUT HERE!
THANKS AGAIN FOR RUNNING APRIL'S COTM SHOW. BANNER LOOKS GREAT IF I SAY SO MYSELF!
pennzoil had a lot of cans- here are some of the harder cans to find -all 5 quarts
------------------ Wanted 5 quart cans
Hard qt to find [have better 1 loaned to local museum].
Anyone have a Plastic sided qt with louvers on the lid for this display ?
PENNZOIL POLISH AND PAINT SEALANT
PACKAGED IN A BOX WITH NOTHING BUT A BAR CODE, APPARENTLY NOT FOR RETAIL.
heat activated revolving light
Great pictures guys! I'll try to get some history up pretty soon.
And it is for sale in the For Sale Section
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Here's a short time-line of Peenzoil's history
1886: The Pennsylvania Refining Company (PRC) is founded.
1889: South Penn Oil Company is formed by a unit of Standard Oil Company.
1892: John D. Archbold becomes president of South Penn upon its reorganization.
1899: South Penn becomes a subsidiary of the newly enlarged and reorganized Standard Oil Company (New Jersey); John Archbold becomes effective head of New Jersey Standard as well as South Penn.
1909: PRC forms a new company to market its lubricants, Oil City Oil and Grease Company.
1911: The Supreme Court orders the dissolution of Standard Oil Company (New Jersey).
1924: Pennzoil Company is formed.
1925: South Penn, the former Standard Oil producer, buys 51 percent of Pennzoil's stock.
1953: Zapata Petroleum Corporation is founded.
1955: South Penn completes its purchase of Pennzoil and renames it South Penn Oil Company.
1962: J. Hugh Liedtke becomes president of South Penn.
1963: The Pennzoil Company is formed of the merger of South Penn with the Zapata companies.
1965: Pennzoil buys 42 percent of United Gas Corporation's stock.
1974: Liedtke spins off his United Gas Pipe Line Company, a subsidiary of United Gas.
1987: Texaco pays Pennzoil $3 billion in settlement of a suit.
1994: Liedtke retires as chairman.
1990: James L. Pate becomes president and chief executive officer of Pennzoil, with Liedtke remaining chairman.
1991: Jiffy Lube becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennzoil.
1998: Pennzoil spins off the Pennzoil Products group, which joins with Quaker State Corporation in a merger acquisition; James L. Postl become president of Pennzoil-Quaker State.
1999: Devon Energy buys PennzEnergy.
2000: James L. Postl becomes president and chief executive officer; the company acquires assets of Auto Fashions, Sagaz Industries, Airfresh UK Limited and Bluecol Brands Limited; the company sells its Viscosity Oil Division.
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Here's what I've got so far, I know its not much but I've had mid-terms all week so I actually had to spend my time studying unfortunately. Keep the pictures coming guys!
Early History Was Centered in Pennsylvania
The companies that originally came together to form Pennzoil were all involved in the oil industry's early history in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.
One of them, the South Penn Oil Company, was formed on May 27, 1889, by a unit of Standard Oil Company, John D. Rockefeller's enormous oil concern.
Standard already controlled approximately 90 percent of the oil refining in the United States, but it had been slow to move into oil producing until the late 1880s, at which time it bought up a large number of ground leases in the Pennsylvania oil region and created South Penn to work them.
Under first president Noah Clark, South Penn made rapid progress with its initial wells and was soon pushing across the border into the rich West Virginia fields.
South Penn enjoyed all the benefits of membership in the Standard family of companies, including guaranteed sale of its crude to Standard distributors and refineries, ample provision of capital for expansion, and an absence of threatening competition.
When Standard reorganized itself in 1892 into a closely interlocked trust of 20 operating companies, South Penn was capitalized at $2.5 million ($420,964,796.79 today), a significant figure for the time, but among the smaller of Standard's holdings.
The reorganized South Penn received a new president as well. John D. Archbold had been a Pennsylvania oilman since the 1860s, and, after joining Standard, had rapidly risen to become one of the company's top five policy-makers and its director of all producing activity. As such, he became the president of South Penn upon its reorganization in 1892, when the Standard companies were responsible for over a quarter of all U.S. oil production.
In the 1890s, South Penn increased tenfold its annual production of crude, and by 1898 it was the leader among the Standard interests with 7.6 million barrels per year, most of it pumped from its West Virginia fields. The year before, it had bought the drilling rights to some 20,000 acres of land in the Pennsylvania oil region, paying $1.4 million in what was described as the largest deal in the history of U.S. oil production.
In 1899, Standard Oil was again reshuffled, all of the affiliated companies becoming subsidiaries of the newly enlarged Standard Oil Company (New Jersey)
John Archbold remained head of South Penn and was now effective head of New Jersey Standard as well, John D. Rockefeller having largely retired from the scene. South Penn was thus well positioned to grow into one of the giants of the U.S. petroleum business, with unlimited financial backing, top management skills, and a healthy share of the existing crude market.
By 1900, the Appalachian oil region had reached its all-time peak of production and its many thousands of wells began to run dry. South Penn production dropped by about 50 percent during the following decade and would never again provide more than small amounts of high-grade crude, in addition to useful quantities of the recently harnessed natural gas.
In 1911, the Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company (New Jersey). South Penn began life on its own as one of the leading drillers of crude oil in a region that was largely played out. About the time South Penn had been formed, two independent refineries were built in nearby Rouseville, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Refining Company and Nonpareil Refining Company were both founded in 1886 to process the great stream of oil then produced by the region and bound for the eastern seaboard. In 1893 Nonpareil bought out Pennsylvania Refining Company and changed its name to Germania Refining Company.
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What , if any, connection is there between Pennzoil and Fleetwing products?
It seams I remember Fleetwing was/is owned by Pennzoil.
PENNZOIL BOUGHT FLEET-WING FROM SOHIO IN 1970. NOTE "THE DIVISON OF PENNZOIL UNITED INC" UNDER THE FLEET-WING ON THIS MAP.
MY QUESTION IS WHEN DID PENNZOIL DROP THE "100% PURE PENNSYLVANIA" FROM THERE LOGO.
dave.. check out the "big" pennzoil sign i posted. that sign is out of the sixties. actually.. 1965. so the drop has to be after that. the actual date i could give you would only be a guess... but i'm sure somebody on here knows...
1972 & 1948 PENNZOIL MAPS
I found these photos on various sites so I can't take credit for them. But I thought they showed some nice examples of Pennzoil items.
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WOW!!! Love that globe and the single Pennzip lens!! I sure wish someone would repop that Pennzip in 13-1/2" and or 15". I'm sure it would be a great seller.
Sorry for the mess in the basement-been remodeling..
I think that light up display the Chandlers posted is really a cool piece.
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Awesome Pennzoil stuff and history..some stuff..I havent seen before..too cool.
Hubba: GAS GEEK , OIL FREAK and humble moderator
I must give credit where credit is due. The following images come from the Aumann Auctions web site.
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Here is a rare Pennzoil Ethyl Gasoline 30"
And lastly some Pennzip Ad glass that actually is in my collection.
My father-in-law drove for Pennzoil for years when it was still in Rouseville(Oil City) PA. Used to be interesting and quite busy to drive through there. There was an old brick smokestack with "Pennzoil" down the side. When they moved out a couple of years ago everything came down. Amazing how it has changed in just a few years.
Great pictures guys! Sorry about being so late getting more history on here. I've been extremelly busy lately but I'll do my best to get some more on here as soon as possible. Hey Halehouse, welcome to oldgas.com! noticed that was only your 2nd post, I live right in warrenton by the way. Cool to see theres people in my area interested in this hobby.
Sent you an email.
Here is a 1930's lighted Pennzoil clock I have in my collection, I've never seen/heard of another example:
Edit to conform to membership agreement.
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Great job Robert/Lil' Bro/Mr. M-Clip... Super stuff from everyone!
These are salesmen pictures that were given to me. They were to show the island lights and the lift. I posted them a while back but they fit the topic.
TOK LIKES PENNZOIL
This my double sided porcelain curved WIND SPINNER [most were used atop the old stations].
and a few qts loaned to local museum.
Piece in center has 4 glass tubes w/ a piston that will flow thru the differant weights of oil at a differant rate to show the viscosity of oil in tube, when rotated.
FROM MY COLLECTION, ALSO USED IN THE PENNZOIL COTM BANNER I MADE FOR ROBERT!
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Fellas, I'm sorry but I don't think I'll be able to finish my COTM this month. My moms in the hospital and just had surgery on a hole in her colon and will soon be having a biopsy to replace a lot of the lymphnoids. Don't know when she will be getting out of the hospital but it'll be a week at the least the doctor said If they hold off on the lymphnoid repairs. Sorry for not being able to finish it on time but I WILL finish it when I get the oppurtunity to which I don't know when that will be.
Sorry for not being able to finish it but I just wont have the time as I'm at the hospital from 4-10 every day now.
thats sad news lil' bro... but keep the faith... prayers are sent...
Sorry to here that Robert, hope everything turns out OK.
We'll pray for the best, hang in there Robert.
Robert, you are doing a good job on this COTM. I have enjoyed it quite a bit. Your mom is in my prayers and being with her is much more important. My best to you and yours.
Your Mom, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, Robert.
Rod and Kathy van Pelt
ROBERT, HOPIN' FOR THE BEST ON YOUR MOM THERE. SHE'S THE ONLY MOM YA GOTS, SO TAKE CARE OF HER!
IN THE MEANTIME, I FINALLY GOT MY CAMERA AND SOME OF MY PENNZOIL INVENTORY TOGETHER:
A TOY TRUCK:
OUTBOARD QUART BOTTLE:
OLDER QUART WITH UNITED AIRLINES PLANE:
A ONE GALLON CAN:
SORRY FOR ALL THE JUNK (DID I SAY JUNK?) PILED UP IN FRONT OF THIS SPANISH (SOUTH OF THE BORDER) TACKER SIGN:
AND HOW MANY OF YOU CAN SAY YOU HAVE A 5' PLASTIC OVAL IN YOUR BATHROOM NEXT TO THE TUB ON THE WALL?......pin drops...echo....echo....echo....
robert,best wishes for your mom from mick and maria.we send our prayers!
A NEWER DRUM:
A SCALE TOY PENNZOIL GAS STATION:
figured i'd save the best for last...
Is that porcelain Kmann? By the way thanks for the prayers everyone. Shes recovering great, finally got the tube out of her nose yesterday so shes not so woozy anymore. She should be home in 5 days or so the doc said. If they do the lymphnoid biopsy it'll be another week to 2 weeks though. She'll need a lot of help getting around the house when she does come home for awhile though he said.
hang in there lil' bro.... no... not porcelain... just vinyl... kinda cool tho....
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Here is my Pennzoil corner, hope everything works out ok w/your mom Robert.
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Robert, Hope everything works out for your Mom. Thanks for hosting COTM.