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B2200 Petrol pump, 'Long Distance Gasoline Storage System', No.E41561, one gallon capacity, metal/ rubber, made by S.F. Bowser & Co Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America, c.1912. Click to enlarge.

Bowser petrol pump, c.1912

Made
  • c 1912
This is a very early petrol pump called the Long Distance Gasoline Storage Outfit, made by S.F. Bowser and Co., of Fort Wayne, USA, around 1912 to safely store, filter and deliver fuel. It was the visible part of a system in which petrol was delivered in drums and stored underground in heavy steel tanks, from which small amounts were pumped as required. During transfer, the hand-cranked pump was connected via a hose to the vehicle, ensuring that fuel did not come into contact with the air and …

Summary

Object No.

B2200

Object Statement

Petrol pump, 'Long Distance Gasoline Storage System', No.E41561, one gallon capacity, metal/ rubber, made by S.F. Bowser & Co Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America, c.1912

Physical Description

Petrol pump, "Long Distance Gasoline Storage System", No.E41561, metal/ rubber, made by S.F. Bowser & Co Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, c.1912

Marks

Cast into a join "CRANE / 125". Inscribed on bolt "EW". Curved brass plate has amount indications: "1 Gal. 1/2 Gal. 1Qt. 1Pt".

Dimensions

Height

930 mm

Width

380 mm

Depth

610 mm

Production

Made

  • c 1912

Notes

Sylvanus Freelove Bowser (1854-1938) is credited with patenting the petrol pump and storage tank for volatile liquids (such as kerosene) in 1887, although his original motive was to devise an improved way of drawing water from a well for his wife. From this simple idea he developed a successful business producing pumps of various types which were in use all over the world. In Australia and New Zealand 'bowser' is often used as a generic term for fuel dispensers.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Petroleum Information Bureau, 1975

Acquisition Date

17 April 1975

Cite this Object

Harvard

Bowser petrol pump, c.1912 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 June 2022, <https://ma.as/211278>

Wikipedia

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