Friday, July 25, 2008

the first oil periodical?

The american petroleum industry began in earnest in 1859 when Edwin L. Drake deliberately drilled for and found oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania. (see the excellent timelime at A number of years ago I came across this magazine and have never seen an earlier title devoted to petroleum. The Union List of Serials shows partial holdings at New York Public Library, American Antiquarian Society and a complete file at the Connecticut State Library. The first issue, in original wrappers replete with advertising, is illustrated for your viewing pleasure.

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