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Drake Oil Well
Society: SPE Main Category: Petroleum Sub Category: Extraction Era: 1850-1859 DateCreated: 1859 202 Museum Lane Titusville State: PA Zip: 16354 Country: USA Website: Creator: Drake, Edwin

The drilling of this oil well marks the modern phase of the petroleum industry. A series of revolutionary technological changes, unforeseen even by the most prophetic, followed. Drake demonstrated practical oil recovery by applying salt-well drilling techniques, including the use of the derrick, and invented the modern method of driving iron pipe.

Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Zamoose (CC BY-SA 2.5) Image Caption: Drake Oil Well Era_date_from: 1859
Cooper-Bessemer Type GMV Integral-Angle Gas Compressor
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Minerals Extraction & Refining Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1944 Knox County Historical Museum Mount Vernon State: OH Zip: 43050 Country: USA Website:, Creator: Boyer, Ralph , Cooper-Bessemer Corporation

This compressor was a product of the combined technology and design heritage of both the C. & G. Cooper Company of Mount Vernon and the Bessemer Gas Engine Company of Pennsylvania, which had merged in 1929. Ralph L. Boyer, the chief architect of the GMV, worked for Cooper-Bessemer from 1926 through 1965.

Image Credit: courtesy Image Caption: Cooper-Bessemer Type GMV Integral-Angle Gas E Era_date_from: 1944
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