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Rare AUTOLINE OIL ..Embossed Tin Sign

Reads "AUTOLINE OIL "for your motor's sake".
This sign was made between 1911 & 1920. Sign Approx. 19x14 inches.
Definitely a rare find. There are a few Autoline Signs available but I've only seen this example offered once in the last five years.

$600.00 or Best Reasonable Offer.

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Company History:
Wm. C. Robinson & Son Company, was incorporated in 1901. It operated a plant for the blending of oils in Baltimore. When the automobile business became active, it adopted the name "Autoline Oil Companyā€¯.
In 1921, the company was working on an oil adapted to Ford automobiles. Ford car ordinary lubricating oils, suitable for other automobiles, was not satisfactory for Fords.
The company eventually perfected a nonchatter oil by combining with a petroleum base an animal oil known as degras. When the new oil was used, the transmission bands were kept soft and pliable so that too sudden brake gripping was avoided. It adopted the name "Ford Autoline" to indicate to Ford owners that it was suitable to their cars.
The Robinson Company began advertising. It was decided to abandon the name "Ford Autoline" for fear that its use might infringe upon the rights of Henry Ford, since the name would probably be understood as indicating an oil manufactured by Ford.
One-half of the automobiles used in the United States were Fords, whose needs the company wished to supply. Finally, it was determined to call the oil "F Autoline," because the letter "F" could be used as to indicate that the oil was suitable for the lubrication of Ford cars. Another reason which occurred to the company at the time was the fact that for many years past it had used the "Diamond F" trade-mark upon engine and machine oils.

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