Early 1900s CALOL LIQUID GLOSS TIN – Standard Oil – Rockefeller


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For sale is an antique CALOL LIQUID GLOSS TIN made by the Standard Oil Company (California). This quart size tin contained a polish for use on your automobile, piano or furniture. The graphic arts and patina on this unusual are amazing. The clothing and hair style of the young woman polishing a piano is a great visual of early Americana. The metal two-headed cap is a most unusual design. The tin without the spout measures 7 3/8 inches tall, 4 inches wide, and 2 inches deep. A rare collectible petroliana tin.

Pacific Coast Oil was the largest oil interest in California when it was acquired by Standard Oil in 1900. The Pacific Coast operated independently and retained its name until 1906, when it was merged with a Standard Oil subsidiary and it became Standard Oil Company (California) or California Standard.

Standard Oil Co. Inc. was an American oil producing, transporting, refining, and marketing company. Established in 1870 by John D. Rockefeller and Henry Flagler as a corporation in Ohio, it was the largest oil refinery in the world of its time. Its controversial history as one of the world’s first and largest multinational corporations ended in 1911, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that Standard Oil was an illegal monopoly. With the dissolution of the Standard Oil trust into 34 smaller companies, Rockefeller became the richest man in the world, as the initial income of these individual enterprises proved to be much bigger than that of a single larger company. Its successors such as ExxonMobil or Chevron are still among the companies with the largest income worldwide.


Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 11 × 11 in