Red Crown Gasoline

Red Crown Gasoline

Red Crown gas was made by the Standard Oil Company and was prevalent in old newspaper advertisements. The following is a description of a test that was set up to test the standard of gasoline supplied to the U.S. Government. After that, you will see examples of Red Crown gasoline ads as they appeared in the early 1900’s.

A Standard Test for Gasoline – (The Lynden Tribune, 1919) – War needs made prominent the question of a standard test for gasoline. On July 31st, 1918, President Wilson ordered a committee appointed under the United States Fuel Administration to establish specifications and standards of test for gasoline supplied to the Government. This committee consisted of the United States Fuel Administration and representatives of the War and Navy Departments, the United States Shipping Board, the Director General of Railroads, the Bureau of Mines, and the Bureau of Standards. Standards were adopted for aviation gasoline (export, fighting and domestic) and for general motor use on land and sea.

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Boiling Points the Real Test – Gasoline is known to the refiner as one member of the petroleum family. He distinguishes each member of the family, not by gravity, but by boiling points. Gravity is a standard of test, but boiling points are unchanging in their value and always determine the quality of the product. Knowing that the refiner can keep his product uniform and reliable.

What Is a Boiling Point? – A boiling point is the temperature at which a liquid will begin to boil or vaporize. In distilling a given quantity of gasoline the refiner ascertains at what point each 10 percent will boil, until the entire quantity is evaporated or distilled. In this way he determines what is known as the initial boiling point, as well as all intervening boiling points in the chain, up to the maximum, high boiling point.

Boiling Points Tell the Story – Boiling points determine the vaporizing and combustive qualities of gasoline. They decide the action of the gas developed from gasoline. They are the only true measure of gasoline value. An ideal gasoline has boiling points in a continuous, uniform chain. There must not be too many low boiling points, otherwise the loss in storage by evaporation would be great. There must be just enough low boiling points to vaporize freely and give easy starting. The higher boiling points are necessary for quick acceleration, high power and long mileage.


Red Crown Station 1920’s (vintageportland blog)

The United States Government Standard Specifications for Gasoline

The United States Government standard specifications for gasoline are based on boiling points—not gravity. Drafted as they were by impartial Government experts, they are generally considered,in the light of conditions today, as the most practical standard for gasoline. They insure an efficient and satisfactory gasoline and at the same time have due regard for the best utilization of our petroleum resources, and the maintenance of reasonable prices to the consumer.

Red Crown-Gasoline Conforms to United States Government Standard

All Red Crown gasoline now being supplied in the Pacific Coast States is refined to conform to the United States Government Standard specifications. It is straight-distilled, all refinery gasoline having the full, uniform chain of boiling points necessary for full-powered, dependable gasoline: Low boiling points for easy starting, medium boiling points for quick, smooth acceleration, and high boiling points for power and mileage.

I guess the idea here is that if Red Crown Gasoline is good enough for our boys over seas, it’s good enough to put in your vehicle.

Red Crown Gasoline Gives 51.1 Miles on a Single Gallon Red Crown –

Cresco Plain Dealer, 1917

On Friday, July 13th, a Franklin touring car carrying 4 passengers. circled the Chicago Boulevards for 51.1 miles on a measured gallon of Red Crown Gasoline.

The test was made under the observation of Daniel Roesch, Associate Professor of Gas Engineering at the Armour Institute of Technology. Professor Roesch purchased the gasoline from a local garage to make sure that it was the usual commercial variety, and he personally poured the gasoline into an inverted glass container fastened to the running board and connected with the carburetor.

This test established a world’s record for mile age. True, the Franklin car is economical in its use of gasoline, and the driver probably was most skillful, but the Red Crown Gasoline used was exactly the same as the Red Crown Gasoline you buy at the filling stations or garages listed below, or anywhere else. Red Crown is always the same, no matter where you get it. The secret is in the range and. adjustment of boiling point fractions, scientifically. accurate.

Buy Red Crown regardless of price its an economy it will add power and life to your motor. If you are not using Red Crown start today and you will be astonished at the increased mileage you will get.


Some of the best of the Red Crown Gas Advertisements of the Early 1900’s


Red Crown Gasoline -1914 – Arizona Republican

1916 - red-crown-gas-ad

The Holt County Sentinel 1916

1918 red crown gas ad

Red Crown Ad – 1918 Holbrook News

1921 red crown gasoline ad

Maui News 1921


Comments (3)

  1. Bob Hall

    I have an old Red Crown Gasoline oil can. It has the sticker with the crown on the front and also “two quart liquid” embossed on front. it’s a nice red can but some of the red paint is chipping off. The Red Crown Gasoline sticker is in good condition. Since I know nothing about oil collectibles I was wondering if this is something that a collector would be interested in or just signs? Thank you.

  2. AJ
  3. mariana titus

    Did Gas stations have to purchase Red Crown gasoline tanks or were they given to them by Standard or another company?


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