American Oil Company

Amoco Corporation (until 1985, Standard Oil Company (Indiana)) is a global chemical and oil company that was founded in 1889 around a refinery located in Whiting, Indiana, United States. Originally part of the Standard Oil Trust, it focused on gasoline for the new automobile market. In 1911, during the break up of the trust, it became an independent corporation. Incorporated in Indiana, it was headquartered in Chicago.

In the 1930s it absorbed the American Oil Company, founded in Baltimore in 1910 and incorporated in 1922 by Louis Blaustein and his son Jacob. The combined corporation operated or licensed gas stations under both the Standard name and the Amoco name, and its logo using either name became a red, white and blue oval with a torch in the center. By the mid-twentieth century it was ranked the largest oil company in the United States. In 1985, it changed its corporate name to Amoco, short for Am(erican Oil Company. Amoco merged with British Petroleum in December 1998, forming BP Amoco.

The firm's innovations included two essential parts of the modern industry, the gasoline tanker truck and the drive-through filling station. Its "Amoco Super-Premium" lead-free gasoline was marketed decades before environmental concerns led to the eventual phase out of leaded gasoline throughout the United States. Amoco's headquarters were located in the Amoco Building (also called the Standard Oil Building, and nicknamed "Big Stan", now the Aon Center) in Chicago, Illinois.

In October 2017, BP revealed that it would be reintroducing the Amoco name to select US markets. As of August 2018, there are currently over 100 new Amoco locations in the states of New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois, with more locations opening soon.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: sponsor


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-77418 16-in. 8/4/1933 American's front page American Oil Company Radio broadcast sponsor  
Victor MS-77419 16-in. 8/4/1933 American's front page American Oil Company Radio broadcast sponsor  


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