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A petroleum stock certificate’s vignette often is an important part of its value for scripophily – the buying and selling of certificates as collectibles after they have no redeemable value as a security.

A petroleum stock certificate’s vignette often is an important part of its value for scripophily – the buying and selling of certificates as collectibles after they have no redeemable value as a security.

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In the rush to print stock certificates during drilling booms, some new companies simply used a common vignette of derricks. See Centralized Oil & Gas Company, Double Standard Oil & Gas Company, Evangeline Oil Company, Texas Production Company, and Tulsa Producing and Refining Company.

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Can you tell me anything about this old petroleum company (for free)? I found its stock certificate in an attic. Am I rich? Probably not. As shown in the companies below, since the 1850s the U.S. petroleum industry’s boom and bust cycles have left many casualties.  For an example of one that actually made it to courts, see Not a Millionaire from Old Oil Stock.

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America’s first oil company – the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company of New York – organized it 1855.

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Below is research submitted by a leading volunteer of the American Oil & Gas Historical Society. The company histories presented often tell fascinating stories – and are exclusive of the Stock Certificate Q&A forum posts also on this website. Check back here for more of these rare histories.

Oil and Gas Company – Latest Research – Updated September 28, 2016

A

Alabama Central Oil & Gas Company*
Admiral Oil Company
Aetna Petroleum Corporation
Ajax Oil Company
Alaska Dakota Development Company
Alaska Oil & Gas Development Company
Aladin Oil & Refining Company
Albany-Decatur Oil & Gas Company*
Allied Oil Corporation
Alto Gasoline & Oil Company*
Amalgamated Oil Company*
American-Asiatic Oil Corporation
American Controlled Oilfields
American Indian Oil & Gas Company
American Leduc Petroleum
American Oil Refinery
American Workers Oil Field Company*
Anna May Oil Company*
Anchorage Gas & Oil Development
Anglo-American Oil Company
Arizona Development Company*
Arkansas Oil Ventures
Associated Oil & Gas Company*
Apex Oil Company
*  Research in Progress

B

Badger Oil & Gas Company*
Barrington Oil Company
Beaumont Confederated Oil & Pipe Line Company
Big Indian Oil & Development Company
Big Six Oil Company*
Black Gold Petroleum Company*
Black Hills Petroleum Company
Block Oil & Gas Syndicate*
Buck Run Oil and Refining Company
Buffalo Oil Company
Buffalo-Texas Oil Company
Burkburnett-Center Oil Company*
Burk Imperial Oil Company*
Burk-Tex Production Company*
Busseyville Oil & Gas*
Butler Perryman Interests*
*  Research in Progress

C

Cahege Oil & Gas Company
California-Alaska Petroleum Company*
California Commercial Refining Company*
California Oil & Gas Company
California-Ventura Oil Company
Capital Oil and Gas Company*
Capital Oil & Natural Gas Company Limited*
Capitol Petroleum Company
Cauble Oil Company
Centennial Petroleum, Inc.*
Central Oils Inc.
Central Oklahoma Oil Corporation*
Central Pennsylvania Oil Company
Centralized Oil & Gas Company
Chester County Oil Company*
Cheyenne Oil Company*
Chieftain Royalties
Choate Oil Corporation*
Cities Service Company
Clayton Oil Company*
Columbian Refining Company*
Conejo Hills Oil Company
Congressional Oil Corporation
Consolidated Oil & Gas Company*
Consolidated Oil Company of Texas*
Consolidated Petroleum Company
Consolidated Texas Production Company*
Common Oil & Development Company*
Corpus-Burk Oil Company
Cow Creek Oil Company*
Craven Oil & Refining Company
Crystal Oil Company*
Crystal Petroleum Products Corporation
Cueba Oil & Gas Company*
*  Research in Progress

D

D.M. Simon Oil & Gas Company*
Dallas Oil Company of Texas*
Delaware Union Oil Company*
Denton-Eastland Oil Company*
Desoto Oil Company*
DeSoto Oil Company*
Detroit Oil & Refining Company*
Double Standard Oil & Gas Company
Doughboy Oil Company
Dysart Oil Company
* Research in Progress

E

Eagle Oil & Gas Company*
Economy Oil Company*
Elbukan Oil Company
Empire Explorations Inc.*
Escondido Oil Company*
Eureka Oil Company*
Evangeline Oil Company
* Research in Progress

F

Fairchild Petroleum*
Farmers Oil & Gas Company*
Federal Consolidated Oil Company*
Federal Oil and Gas Company
Fifty-Seven Oil Company*
Fort Stockton Oil Company*
Franklin Oil & Refining Company*
* Research in Progress

G

Garfield Oil & Refining Company*
Gate City-Wyoming Oil & Gas Company*
Galloway Oil Corporation
Gas, Oil and Developing Company (The)
General Oil Company*
Gin Site Oil Company*
Gladys City Oil, Gas & Manufacturing Company
Gladys Oil Company
Globe Natural Gas Company*
Gold Medal Oil Company*
Golden Gate Oil Company
Golden Goose Oil and Refining Company
Golden Valley Oil & Gas Company
Good Luck Oil Company*
Goshen Oil & Gas Company*
Grand County Oil & Refining Company*
Great Basin Oil Company*
Great Oil Basin Securities*
Great Southwestern Petroleum Company*
Great Sweet Grass Oils*
Great Western Oil & Gas Company
Greater Great Falls Oil Company*
Green River Oil & Uranium Company*
Gypsy-Burke Oil Company*
* Research in Progress

H

Hamilton Oil & Gas Company*
Hale Petroleum Company*
Harris-Fisher Oil Company*
Hayden-Burk Petroleum Company*
Hesperian Petroleum Company*
Higgins Wonder Oil Company
Hiram Wilson Oil Company*
Hoffman Oil & Refining Corporation
Hog Creek Carruth Oil Company
Holiday Oil & Gas Company*
Holly Oil Company
Homa Oil & Gas Company*
Home Oil Company*
Horse Shoe Four Leaf Mining & Oil Company*
Horseshoe-Western Oil Company
Humble Oil Ridge Company*
* Research in Progress

I

Imperial Drilling Company*
Indian Oil & Gas Company*
Industrial Oil & Refining Company*
Intercontinent Petroleum*
International Oil & Gas Corporation
Interstate Oil Company*
Iowa and California Oil & Gas Company*
Iowa-Beaumont Oil Company
* Research in Progress

J

John P. Mills Company
Joe B. Turman Oil Syndicate
Julian Petroleum Corporation
Justheim Petroleum Company*
* Research in Progress

K

Kantexo Oil & Gas Company*
Keck Oil Company*
King George Oil Company*
Kokernot Oil Company
Kutz Canon Oil & Gas Company*
* Research in Progress

L

Lewis Oil Corporation
Lewiston-Clarkston Oil & Gas Company*
Lincoln-Idaho Oil Company
Lincoln Oil Producing Company*
Liquid Gold Oil Company*
Love Petroleum Company*
Loy Oil Company*
Lucky Jim Oil Company
Lucky Long Oil Company*
* Research in Progress

M

Mahala Oil & Gas Company*
Mary Owens Oil Company*
McKeesport Gas Company
McTon Oil Company*
Mexican Oil & Coal Company*
Mid-Central Oil & Minerals Company*
Midfields Oil Company
Mid-Texas Petroleum Company*
Milwaukee Electra Oil Development Company*
Mississippi Oil Company*
Monarch Vacuum Petroleum Company*
Montana-Canadian Oil Company*
Montrose Gas, Oil and Coal Company
Motox Oil Company*
Mountain States Resources Corporation
Multiple Dome Oil Company*
Mutual Consolidated Petroleum Corporation*
Mutual Oil Union Company*
* Research in Progress

N

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National Consolidated Oil Company*
National Oil Refining and Manufacturing Company*
National Petroleum Company*
National Union Oil & Gas Company
New Mexico Oil Properties Association
Newfield Gas & Oil Company*
Nordon Corporation*
North Coast Oil & Refining Company*
North Counties Oil Company
Northern Oil Company*
Northwest Petroleum*
Northwestern Oils Inc.
Nova Petroleum Corporation
* Research in Progress

O

October Oil Company*
Ohio Oil Company (Marathon)
Oil Exploration International*
Oil Prospectors Inc.
Oil Lease Development Company*
Okla-Queen Oil Company*
Oklahoma-Gulf Royalty Corporation*
Okmulgee Producing & Refining Company*
Old Colony Oil Company
Omaha-Lusk Oil Company*
Orange County Petroleum Company*
Oregon and Wyoming Oil & Gas Company*
Overland Oil Inc.*
Owl Petroleum Company*
Ozena Oil Company*
* Research in Progress

P

Pacific Land and Oil*
Pacific States Oil Company*
Pacific States Petroleum Company*
Palmer Union Oil Company
Paramount Petroleum Company
Pelican Petroleum Company
Petroleum Maatschappij Salt Creek Company
Petroleum Producers’ Association
Penn Royal Oil Company*
Petroleum Consolidation Company*
Petroleum Production Company of America*
Phenix Oil and Gas Company*
Philippine Oil Development Company*
Pine Valley Oil Company*
Pioneer Oil & Gas Company*
Pittsburgh-Youngstown Oil & Gas Company*
Plateau Oil & Gas Company*
Plateau Petroleums Limited*
Pongratz Petroleum Company*
Postal Employees Oil & Gas Company*
Power Petroleum Trust Estate*
Powers Manufacturing Company*
Prescott-Peoria Oil Company*
Price River Petroleum Company
Producers and Refiners Corporation
Provident Oil & Refining Company*
Prudential Oil and Refining Company
Puente Crude Oil Company
* Research in Progress

Q

Quick Development Syndicate

R

Railroad Employees Oil Company*
Railroaders’ Oil Company*
Ramsey Oil Company*
Ranger and Burkburnett Oil Company*
Ranger-Rock Island Oil and Refining Company
Ranger Petroleum Company
Ranger-Vindicator Oil & Development Company*
Red Rock Oil & Gas Company*
Revere Oil Company
Richfield Oil Corporation
Robert F. Harrison
Rosson Oil Company*
Ruby Hill Oil & Gas Company*
Ryan Petroleum Corporation
* Research in Progress

S

Sable Oil & Gas Company*
St. Martins Oil & Gas Company*
Sammies Oil Corporation (Choate Oil)
San Jacinto River Oil Company*
San Mateo Oil and Refining Company*
Sanger Oil & Refining Company
Santa Fe Dome Oil Company
Santa Fe Western Gas & Uranium Corporation*
Sawyer Petroleum Company
Sawyer-Adecor International
Scofield, Shurmer & Teagle*
Seaboard Oil & Gas Company
Seattle Toledo Oil Company*
Security Oil Company*
Security Oil Syndicate No. 2*
Sen-Burk Oil Company*
Seven States Oil Company*
Sherman Gasoline Company*
Shoshone Oil Company
Signal Oil and Gas Company*
Solar Oil Corporation*
Sound Cities Gas & Oil Company
Sour Lake Texas Oil Company*
Southeastern Limited Oil Company*
Southwest Oil Corporation*
Southwestern Oil Development Company
Southwestern Petroleum & Pipe Line Company*
Spear Oil Company
Square Deal Oil Company*
Standard Consolidated Oil & Land Company*
Staveless Barrel & Tank Company
Sterling Oil Company of Oklahoma*
Studebaker Oil & Refining Company*
Sulphur Oil Company*
Sunshine State Oil & Refining Company
Syndicate Oil Corporation of America*
* Research in Progress

T

Tapo Oil Company*
Texas-Bunger Oil and Refining Company*
Texas-Rotan Oil Company*
Texas-Washington Oil Company*
Texas Control Consolidated Oil Company*
Texas Crude Oil Company*
Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation
Texas Independent Pipe Line Company*
Texas Oil & Refining Company
Texas Oil, Gas & Mineral Products Company*
Texas Oil Products Company
Texas Producers Oil Company*
Texas Production Company
Texas United Oil Company
The 1919 Oil Company*
Tideland Oil & Gas Corporation*
Toltec Oil Company*
Trans-World Oil Company
Tri-State Drilling Company*
Tulsa Producing and Refining Company
Twentieth Century Oil & Gas Company*
Twentymile Oil & Gas Company*
* Research in Progress

U

Uncle Sam Oil Company*
Union Oil & Gas Company*
Union Oil, Gas & Refining Company*
United Plains Oil Company*
United Southern Oil Company*
United Texas Petroleum Company*
Uranium-Petroleum Company*
Ute Oil Company – Oil Shale Pioneer
* Research in Progress

V

Ventura Oil Development Company*
Vernon Winner Oil Company*
Volunteer Oil Company*
* Research in Progress

W

Warren Oil & Uranium Mining Company*
Washington-Montana Oil Company*
Wellington Oil Company
Wellmington Oil Corporation*
Western Giant Oil Company*
Western Natural Gas Company*
Western Nebraska Oil Company*
Wolf Butte Oil & Gas Company*
Woman’s Federal Oil Company of America
Women’s National Oil & Development Company
Wyoming Chief Oil Refining Company*
Wyoming Consolidated Oil Company*
Wyoming Oil & Coal Company*
Wyoming Peerless Oil Company
Wyoming Prairie Oil & Gas Company
* Research in Progress

X

Y

Yankee Girl Oil Company

Z

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