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Company Of The Month "Socony" #406350
Mon Apr 01 2013 04:16 AM
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Welcome to this month's version of Company of the Month. This month I will feature The Standard Oil Company of New York.
Better known as Socony. Hopefully I along with your help will be able to make this month even come close to being as good as
what the previous 2 COTM features have been.

Socony history dates
from the late 19th century as part of American John D. Rockefeller’s oil giant Standard Oil.
Rockefeller, along with Maurice B. Clark and Englishman Samuel Andrews, founded Standard Oil in 1870 in Cleveland,
Ohio after investing in an oil refinery in 1863. Following a trust agreement in 1882, the Standard Oil Company of New York
was created, the predecessor to Socony-Vacuum and later the Mobil Corporation. In the next decades, the company
spread its business to Europe and Asia, and employed the use of large ‘kerosene clippers’ to transport their material
overseas. 1911 marked the end of the giant consortium of 34 Standard Oil companies after an antitrust suit forced
Rockefeller’s conglomerate to split. Standard Oil Company of New York was now a spin-off company of the original Standard
Oil, and became known as Socony (an acronym for its full name). In 1931, further changes were implemented when
Socony merged with the Vacuum Oil Company to become Socony-Vacuum. Vacuum Oil Company was already selling
a product called Mobilgas, and Socony’s Pegasus logo was adopted (a remnant of an old Standard Oil logo); these
were the origins of the Mobil Oil Company’s name and logo. Socony-Vacuum continued expansion and mergers with other
oil companies in the United States and overseas. In 1955, the company dropped the 'Vacuum' and became Socony-Mobil,
then finally just Mobil Oil in 1966. After surviving the petrol crisis in the 1970’s and subsequent recovery in the 1980’s,
Mobil Oil merged with Exxon Corporation in 1998 to form the ExxonMobil, currently the largest integrated oil and gas
company in the world.

I am just going to focus this on the time that Socony was used as a brand from it's founding up through WW2.
after ww2 socony as a brand had largely disappeared, renamed or rebranded as mobil and mobiloil products.

Since I only have a small collection of Socony items I'm hoping I will get to see lots of goodies in everyone elses
collections. So please post it if you've got it!!!

That's enough history for now here are some things to get us started.


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Got Socony???

Tom
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Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: nochevys] #406353
Mon Apr 01 2013 04:54 AM
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Some more stations:

$(KGrHqR,!pgFEVURnYnsBROJWomnQ!~~60_57.jpg$T2eC16ZHJIIE9qTYLS8qBQ09tokw!Q~~60_3.jpg3333008209_8e552ab46a_o.jpg

Got Socony???

Tom
Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: nochevys] #406436
Mon Apr 01 2013 09:40 AM
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Here are a couple pics I've found from ebay or the net somewhere...

First is a lot of Socony items from ebay
Next pic is an ad for perfection oil ranges
3rd is a handmade sign for Socony Ethyl gasoline

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Got Socony???

Tom
Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: nochevys] #406437
Mon Apr 01 2013 09:44 AM
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Here is a lubester lid Never seen another like it:


Here is a cap from a fuel tanker from ebay:


And a socony Polarine watch FOB:


Got Socony???

Tom
Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: nochevys] #406440
Mon Apr 01 2013 09:50 AM
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Some more stations:

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Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: nochevys] #406482
Mon Apr 01 2013 11:53 AM
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Thanks for picking a great company for COTM. I have to say out of all gas brands this is on the top of my list. Socony was a very common brand of the time in the north east. Till this day I am amazed how many socony items I have found locally at the ORIGINAL STATIONS. Looking back into town archives, the number of stations they had was tremendous. Socony purchased many smaller local independents. Here are a few of my items from this company.





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Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: 57tbirdkid] #406483
Mon Apr 01 2013 11:57 AM
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This lubester sign came from the original station-Has tabs instead of mounting holes...never seen another with tabs:



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Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: 57tbirdkid] #406520
Mon Apr 01 2013 02:13 PM
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Cool Topic Mr. Socony!!! Great pictures.


Always looking for Ithaca Gun and Lucky Sam soda items!!!


Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: 57tbirdkid] #406522
Mon Apr 01 2013 02:33 PM
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Some pins and badges:





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Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: nochevys] #406523
Mon Apr 01 2013 02:38 PM
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Tom, is there anyway to get a better image of "Babe Ruth" and the five 1 gallon cans?

I have a couple items, so I will get the camera "warmed up"....


Looking for Tide Water/ Tide Water-Associated/ Tidewater items
Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: Bob Richards] #406524
Mon Apr 01 2013 02:47 PM
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57tbirdkid,
I love the socony stuff. Must be more out your way cause I sure can't find it in central New York. John Mancino probably got all the stuff around me LOL.Thanks for the look into your collection That banner is awesome...

Matt,
Don't think I qualify as Mr Socony though but I'd like to get there if I could.

John,
Those safety badges and pins are great. There was one of the large ones on ebay not to long ago but it went for wwwaaaayyyyy more than I could afford.

Bob,
Unfortunately that is the only picture I have seen of it. I think it's actually some kind of fantasy baseball card.

Lets see what everyone has in thier collections. Post um if you got um...

Lots more stuff to come stay tuned.

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Tom
Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: Bob Richards] #406526
Mon Apr 01 2013 03:05 PM
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Here are most of my items:









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Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: Bob Richards] #406548
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Here are 2 cardboard signs I got from fellow oldgas member bonjimmi. Bonjimmi is famous on lodgas for the dig he had in his yard:
http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=33907&page=1

An all time classic on oldgas.





Here are two signs that aren't exactly Socony but would have been available at most Socony stations...




Got Socony???

Tom
Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: nochevys] #406553
Mon Apr 01 2013 05:08 PM
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NICE! Is the gargoyle price sign paper or tin?


Looking for any cans! PM me what ya got!
Re: Company Of The Month "Socony" [Re: nochevys] #406554
Mon Apr 01 2013 05:09 PM
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Some more items:

Two new old stock lubster signs:



and this small harder to find sign:


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