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Jimmy Brown

Free Member, Petrolia, Ontario

Circa 1860s Oil Wagon - Ontario Canada


Oil seeping to the surface of the ground created these asphalt ponds or "gum beds". These beds brought the first explorers to Oil Springs. The most famous is Charles Tripp who started the world's first oil company in 1851, The International Mining and Manufacturing Company. It was empowered to seek for oil and salt springs and to manufacture oils, naphtha paints, burning fluids, varnishes and other products. Tripp's asphalt was so unique it gained international attention and in 1865 it received honorable mention at the Universal Exhibition in Paris.

Comments 7

  • Costache Daniel 09/15/2008 15:08

  • Dianna 03/29/2007 3:44

    Jimmy, This is awesome! I love everything about it!
    Great shot! The snow and the sepia add to the total feel of the photo!
  • DRAGA PUC 03/06/2007 22:40

    welcome back in future.... good picture nostalgic sepia tone
  • Jimmy Brown 02/22/2007 20:09

    Hey Susel, you know, I think I see a face on that pump too !!! Perhaps it's a ghost from the past !! - jimmy
  • Susel S. 02/22/2007 19:26

    thanks a lot for all your nice words, my partner mick and me looked at all your pictures today and we were both amazed at the clarity of this photograph and it might sound a bit strange but we both thought we saw a little face halfway down the pump...!!
  • Maria Porter 02/18/2007 4:37

    Love the old world stuff!! Nice in sepia!
  • Steff Kuhn 02/18/2007 4:20

    I like your Photo, because the sepia colours are very typical for this age!

    Greetings from Germany