Natural Gas – 100 Years Ago Today, October 14, 1922!
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
Natural gas news from a hundred years ago offers great perspective for discussing one of the cleanest sources of energy available then and still today.
I thought it might be fun and illuminating to look back 100 years ago at what was happening with natural gas. It is eye opening, given all we’ve learned over the last century. There is, indeed, little new under the sun, as our stories repeatedly demonstrate. Read our 100-year old news items on the subjects of chair shaped heaters, printer’s ink, Louisiana parochialism and a hospital well tender.
So, Could You Sit in It?
The promotion of Radiantfire natural gas heaters was pretty intense in 1922, but this is the first advertisement for a heater shaped like an easy chair!
You could also buy the thing over six months. Such a deal!
And, You Could Pen A Letter at the Same Time with Natural Gas
Yes, printer’s ink, much like plastics today, were made from natural gas. Indeed, natural gas is a key ingredient and tool in making most of what makes modern life possible this century.
The reuse of byproducts for new purposes represents innovation that has characterized the natural gas from the beginning.
Parochial Attitudes About Natural Gas Are Nothing New
Louisiana residents wanted no part of piping their extremely valuable natural gas to those damned Texans in 1922!
100 years later the Biden Administration doesn’t want us exporting too much oil and natural gas to our European allies. One is tempted to let Europeans experience the foolhardiness of stupid green energy policies that made them vulnerable to Russia blackmail, but a century of perspective shows us how petty and self-destructive that would be. Unfortunately, we have a White House occupant who wants to emulate them and, at the same time, do nothing to help them because he wants to destroy our oil and natural gas industry.
Meanwhile, A Pittsburgh Hospital, Wanted A Natural Gas Well Tender?
What’s the story behind this strange classified ad from 100 years ago? Did the hospital have natural gas wells that supplied its heat?
It’s hard to know, but we do know the Proctor & Gamble manufacturing plant in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania has several natural gas wells on its property that today supply it with natural gas. So, that’s likely the reason the Dixmont Hospital was looking for a natural gas well tender.
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