One Man’s Toxic Waste, Is Another Man’s Shelf Art!

It has Super Powers!

Thanks again to fellow WoodyBoater Syd Marsden for showing us his stuff. Now I have a weak spot for this sort of thing. Old oil and gas stuff is cool as all get out. I can only wonder if one day our kids today will have an emotional connection to oil products? No. Not because they are kids and dont care, but back then, we depended on this stuff all the time. It was emotional and regular. greasing up parts was done as a routine, like putting on sun tan lotion, now sun screen. So I suppose when you see a tube of this stuff, and we have tubes today, you feel all warm and squishy inside…and all over your hands. Thanks again Syd for sharing.

Oh ya, Duplex and Merco -Lube

And the back

Here is some more!

TEXACO Outboard Gear Lube

And front

Johnson Gear lubricant

And Evenrude. I wonder what the real difference was other than the packaging. And I bet folks swore that one was better than the other.

The Flying Horse even got involved

Read about it on the back lable. I imagine that metal thing is like a pin? Or way to apply the grease?

More stuff on Syds shelfs

Very cool!

LOVE the old batteries!

Hey, Syds got a man O’ War varnish can like mine!


Thanks Syd again, we love seeing your stuff.

11 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:


    I think that metal thing is to put over the end of the tube and turn it to squeeze all the grease out. Sometimes people have things like that for their tooth paste.

      • Troy in ANE
        Troy in ANE says:

        M-Fines method of squeezing toothpaste and a nice toothpaste model for the rest of us.

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        (do I really have to type this every time?)

  2. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    A different hobby of mine is old wood cased school/factory pendulum driven master clocks. I have an original 1940’s 1 ounce bottle of Nye watch oil for servicing these clocks. It was derived from porpoise and blackfish heads and jaws, which is a sad thing but a result of the industrial revolution’s needs and wants. Extremely detailed art work in the label. I use it sparingly and it has a strange pungent aroma, but it is sad to think how we destroyed natural resources just to lubricate a clock.

    Sorry, back to boats.

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      Bilge Rat:

      We have some of those too. According to the “Hull Plate” this beauty was put into service April 23, 1902.

      It’s about 0 F here this morning so I am not very motivated to get out into the real world, unless you can’t tell.

  3. Wudzgud
    Wudzgud says:

    The metal pin was a clamp that you would use to slide up the tube as the grease was used up to make it easier to squeeze out. Looks like my neighbors shed. Very cool. And the smell of oil and gas when you open the shed door is awesome.
    Johnson lubricant??? There is another name for that isn’t there?

  4. Randy
    Randy says:

    … gee, I’m going to start saving all my old used pieces of sandpaper — someday its’ going to be worth a lot!

  5. Les Best
    Les Best says:

    It’s only toxic waste if you don’t use it. If you use it it isn’t wasted. It’s only toxic if used incorrectly. So use it wisely, or clean and polish the tube for display.

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