Oil & Gas Artifacts

Forums for sharing information and ideas about artifact research and preserving petroleum history.

Updated January 2020

Thanks to its links to research sources and updated editorial content, this American Oil & Gas Historical Society (AOGHS) website educates thousands of people about U.S. petroleum history. When contacted about oil and gas related family heirlooms, the society has helped locate suitable museum collections for preserving these unique histories (see Oil Families for more information about adding family petroleum heritage to collections and contacting Oil Museum curators).

Helpful financial research links and a popular Q&A forum about obsolete U.S. petroleum company stock certificates: Old Oil & Gas Stock Certificates and Is my Old Oil Stock worth Anything?

Research Questions and Comments

There are many oil and gas industry stories to share. Relating to inquiries, AOGHS has established several simple forums/comment posts for visitors to exchange information, comments, and suggestions. Here are some of the latest examples:

Tree Stumps to support Oilfield Equipment

I am a graduate student at the Architectural Association in London working on a project that looks at the potential use of tree stumps as structural foundations. While researching I found the following extract from an article on The Petroleum Industry of the Gulf Coast Salt Dome Area in the early 20th century…COMMENTS

Transportation Research: Oil Tankers

SInclair Oil Tankers – I am seeking information on three tankers which so far has been hard to come by…three Sinclair oil tankers, which were not Type T2 but rather custom built. I have so far found their names, that they were built in 1941 in Quincy, MA, at the Fore River shipyard, and that they had Armed Guard detachments during WWII, indicating that they had some armament…COMMENTS

First Propane Tanker Memorabilia “My father spent his working life with Lone Star Gas, he is gone many years now I am getting on. Going through a few of his things. A little book made up that he received when he and my mother attended the commissioning of the Natalie O. Warren Propane Tanker. I am wondering if it is of any value to anyone. Or any museum.” – CONTACT AOGHS

Petroleum Collectibles

Live elephant advertising, Skelly Oil “My grandfather owned a Skelly service station in Sidney, Iowa in the 1930s and 1940s. I have a photo of him with an elephant in front of the station. I recall reading somewhere that Skelly had this elephant touring from station to station as an advertising stunt. Does anyone have any more history on the live elephant tour for Skelly Oil…? COMMENTS

Suggestions for 2020 Travels in the Oil Patch

North Texas Road Trip – “Hi, next year we are planning a road trip in the United States that starts in Dallas, Texas, heading to Amarillo and then on to New Mexico and beyond. We will be following the U.S. 287 most of the way to Amarillo and would like to know of any oil fields we could visit or simply photograph on the way…” COMMENTS

Refinery Supply Company Slide Rule

Antique slide rules – Attention collectors of antique slide rules: Here’s a question about those analog calculating devices that became obsolete when electronic pocket calculators hit the market in the early 1970s. He hopes someone will know something about a rare one from a refinery supply company… COMMENTS


Interested in sharing a story or posting a research request? Contact bawells@aoghs.org. The American Oil & Gas Historical Society preserves U.S. petroleum history. Please join AOGHS today and help maintain this energy education website, expand historical research, and extend public outreach.  © 2020 Bruce A. Wells.



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