Thursday, August 25, 2011

Studying up for the next video on Petroleum Jelly and Mineral Oil

Other names

Because of the many applications for mineral oil and petroleum jelly it has given an equally expansive list of names and trade brands.

Petroleum jelly
Mineral jelly
Adepsine oil
Cable oil
Baby Oil
Electrical Insulating Oil
Heat-treating oil
Hydraulic oil
Lignite oil
Liquid paraffin
Mineral Seal Oil
Paraffin oil
Petroleum liquid
White oil
naphthenic oils
aromatic oils
rock oil 


The raw material for petroleum jelly was discovered in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania, United States, on some of the country's first oil rigs. Robert Augustus Chesebrough, a young chemist who distilled fuel from the oil of sperm whales for a living. Went to Titusville to find new materials that had commercial potential. He had heard about the booming oil industry in Pennsylvania. Investigating further into it he found rod wax or unrefined petroleum jelly. The Workers disliked this paraffin like forming on rigs because it caused them to malfunction.  Chesebrough returned to Brooklyn with the unrefined black "rod wax", rod wax and spent months creating a clean form of rod-wax which he called "petroleum jelly. By distilling the lighter, thinner oil products from the crude, he created a light-colored gel. He began making so much of this stuff that every beaker in his laboratory was full, so he threw out his wife's flowers and filled the vases with his creation.After awhile, he added the popular medical term "line" to the word "vase" and he called the product "Vaseline Petroleum Jelly."Chesebrough patented the process of making petroleum jelly by U.S. Patent No. 127,568 in 1872.  Chesebrough traveled around New York demonstrating the product to encourage sales by burning his skin with acid or an open flame, then spreading the ointment on his injuries and showing his past injuries healed, he claimed, by his miracle product.He opened his first factory in 1870 in Brooklyn using the name Vaseline.

This was a little sneak peak. I cant wait to upload this video there is a lot more information I have to share...

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