Well? We all know that Pre-War Chris Crafts were sold with Duplex Oil can and post war, Texaco. But like many things in history, it’s not that cut and dry. Clearly here, Chris C. Smith or as in the signature, C.C. Smith loved Texaco Oil. Or was he trying to get oil as a sponsor? Small company trying to get sponsorship for race boats? Was this while Chris-Craft was also using Duplex? BTW, Here is a brief snippet from the Quaker State History page on Duplex.
Pierce Arrow started using Duplex Motor Oil in 1901. Duplex is considered by historians to be the first branded 100% pure Pennsylvania Motor Oil. Duplex was the first to double-seal metal cans and drums to protect the quality of their premium product. Pierce Arrow issued a one-gallon can of Duplex Motor Oil with every new car.
Duplex was originally used as a marine oil. It continued to be used in this very demanding environment and was chosen by the U.S. Navy as the oil used in its torpedoes during the War. This special, critical use was why the Buffalo plant and Carl Georgi were guarded by the government. During and after the War, Georgi ran Quaker State’s product research and development in Buffalo and Emlenton.
So? Maybe someone knows more, Wait, not maybe.. 2nd graders know more than me on this subject. My part in this is to try and create some sort of needless drama out of nothing so we can have some fun with history on a winter day. Dang I need a boat ride.