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Echoes From The Oil Country Vol 1

Outrageous tales from Osborne starting with his first article just as it appeared in July 1900 AMERICAN MACHINIST MAGAZINE.

You discover how Osborne got to Petroleum Centre in western Pennsylvania: oil country. He'll tell you about meeting the owner, the room he stayed in, and the machinery all over the shop floor. Then it's out to repair a 9x12 steam engine pumping oil out on a "lease", details of the work of the joint turner, crack pot inventors, and more.

You have to let Osborne "tell" you about his ride in a buggy sitting on top of twelve cans each filled with 26 pounds of nitroglycerine! They were on their way to shoot a well. Osborne will tell you what they did after the first attempt was a dud.

And the ol' man talks about shrink fits, why the mill engine wouldn't work, and about his being sure he could design a better steam engine than he could buy, and the lessons he learned from the experience.

Great Osborne tales. From the beginning. The very first of a long run of articles. Great reading.

Code No. 009942, 61 pages, ISBN 1559182784, $14.00

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