moments in the history of oil

Posted in oil, oil rigs by bowsprite on 2010/05/13

Oil has used as fuel for cooking and lighting for centuries.

The earliest drilled wells were found in China around 300AD.

Early Inuit cut blocks of oil-soaked tundra from natural seeps.

Marco Polo wrote about oil laden ships of the Caspian Sea.

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  1. tugster said, on 2010/05/13 at 15:28

    gotta love that panda. but the guy near the middle of that panel, is that pole betipped with a plunger head?

    • bowsprite said, on 2010/05/13 at 17:26

      negative. it is the modern day drill bit, looking quite like honorable cherry blossom.

  2. O Docker said, on 2010/05/13 at 15:49

    The oldest wheels yet discovered are a pair of cart wheels from Mesopotamia, dating to c. 3500 bc.

    The squeaky one had been oiled.

  3. Cold is the Sea said, on 2010/05/13 at 19:36

    Very funny take on humans and oil…(What did the red flag mean? “Combustible”?)

    • bowsprite said, on 2010/05/13 at 20:56

      oh, sorry! red flag: transferring oil & hazardous material as per Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

      • tugster said, on 2010/05/13 at 20:58

        i thought it suggested a type of relationship with the ideas of karl marx . . . .???? i totally misread, i guess.

  4. Mage Bailey said, on 2010/05/14 at 11:04

    Oh, I flat out love your imagination. 🙂

  5. Vagabonde said, on 2010/05/14 at 13:27

    Great little drawings with much humor in them. With all the terrible news around us about oil it is nice to keep a sense of humor.

  6. Andy said, on 2010/05/14 at 18:45


  7. Baydog said, on 2010/05/14 at 23:25

    I can’t believe Pandabonium hasn’t commented on the first image. He was the first person I thought of. However, the art is really top-notch, Christina. Can’t get enough

  8. Pat (rgscpat, desertsea) said, on 2010/05/17 at 13:17

    Something different that I can’t connect with oil — on Desert Sea I’ve posted the story of how we lost a friend in a tragic accident at a lake two weeks ago.

  9. Barista Uno said, on 2010/05/24 at 12:04

    I love the charm and wittiness of these drawings.

  10. alice Oh! said, on 2010/05/27 at 22:16

    . .. dites-moi, in yr research among the ancient chinese, innuit, and caspianese . . . did you find any instances of oil “fouling the nest” sills and if so, how were the perps dealt with? just wondering …

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