Worcester,Mass - Places of the Past, Oilzum
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MICHAEL BEAUREGARD - Report this comment
I work at the old White & Bagley Company, now owned by BP/British Petroleoum called Castrol heavy duty lubes. And yes Oilzum Motor Oil is still sold there. It is nice to see there are still people interested in that oil and it label.
Hemi Andersen - Report this comment
I worked at Landrine Auto Electricc in Englewood NJ. Larry Landrine, the owner, was an OILZUM distributor. We use to get 55 gallon drums of OILZUM with only 50 gallons in the barrel so we could mix in 5 gallons of AVIEX addative. My job was to roll the barrels through the shop many times to mix the oils. His wife Ruth use to deliver the product to various trucking companies in northern NJ. This was back in the 1950s. We also use to sell and install CLEAREX, "AIR INJECTION in EXHAUST" long before any polution requirements. I hope this small trivia might amuse someone.
Kathleen- September 22, 2007 - Report this comment
I had my oil changed today, ...the owner of shop said he uses one of the best oils around "oilzum", i have never heard of this oil. What can you tell me about it?? ..Is it a good oil?? Can you send me any websites about it, or the company that makes it, or even better, its benefit for automobiles??? email@example.com thanks
Laura Steinmetz- May 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I have 2 large (approx. 2"x3") stamps or stickers that are advertising items for Oilzum and race car driver Dario Resta, who died in 1924 in England at the Brooklands racecourse. The graphics are just beautiful. Can anyone out there direct me to a site where I can learn more about my stamps?
Laura Steinmetz- May 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I forgot to give my email address. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. Laura
Kellee- May 24, 2008 - Report this comment
Can somebody please help me find the value of some oilzum signs my family recently found above my grandmother's barn?! The signs are definite originals, from the 1950's as imprinted on some of the signs. We have some of the inverted triangle sidewalk signs, some with blue and white motorcyles with the Oilzum logo, etc... Where or whom could I contact to ascertain value for these? Thanks so much!!
Kellee- May 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I also fogot my email for the above question. It's email@example.com
mark- June 28, 2008 - Report this comment
for Kellee: your grandmothers barn if in Worcester, Ma is the barn once owned by HP bagley I used to laugh when seeing livestock under the sign when I went there IF youd like t talk more of this call me 413.464.2494 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org and Mike Your a trip man. what ever happened to lou, I heard Doug passed on to higher ground and it is good to know OILZUM is being prodused again at Dennison Lubricants Remrmber Art James or John Moulton in the office ED or his brother Roger these were all decent people to work with. In all honesty it was a pretty decent place to work. If motors could speak tey would never had to advertise
Oilzum- September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I worked at both the Worc. Center Blvd and Milbury St. plants.... Knew H.P.B.II as well as Ed Ahearn, Dick Foisey, John Cordener, Henry Johnson... pretty mucht the whole crew 1984 up to the dramatic sell-out in '86. when the Dryden-devils came in I bailed out.
Paul- December 27, 2008 - Report this comment
What I remember most vividly was the strange Oilzum logo--the guy with the bright orange hat and raccoon-type slanted eyes staring down from the concrete bridge over Green Street. Hundreds of times I passed under the bridge as we turned from Franklin street onto Green sreet. There was an old City Truck terminal near that location.
Oilzum- January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Paul- those "raccoon-type slanted eyes" where of course his driving goggles.
BoBo- January 30, 2009 - Report this comment
seabee223- March 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Kathleen, If you haven't heard Oilzum is a leader in oil technology. I had an engineer tell me Oilzum is the first to receive the API's newest rating. My Jeep Cherokee ran nothing but Oilzum and Wix filters. Traded it with 250K miles and burned no more oil than it did the day I drove it home. I cannot say enough good things about Oilzum. My advice is to keep getting your oil changed at that shop. The owner and mechanics know their stuff. Good luck!
Clay Gleason- April 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember White & Bagley. I was a Fleet mechanic at Worcester Baking ( Town Talk Bread) in the late 60's & early 70's and we use to get our Bulk oil from there Near washington Square. email@example.com
Jim- May 01, 2009 - Report this comment
For Laura (stamps) & Kellee (signs), try Skinners in Bolton MA at 987-729-2220 or 978-779-6241 affiliated with Antiques Roadshow at PBS.org for pricing. For Mark & Kellee, is barn at Tatnuck sq. area? I ask because Tripp Bagley, son of the owner of White Bagley lived with parents there. He was a friend of a good friend of mine.. Mike Catino. Both of them worked there till the end . Catino's father, Joe I believe his name was, worked for the company most of his life. Mark or anyone else recall these people? I was at all the locations mentioned frequently.
Al Dean- May 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I was a former VW dealer in Fitchburg who used exclusively Oilzum. We worked closely with White and Bagley who helped us with long term loans of lubrication equipment and was a wonderful company to do business with offering the very best in service and lubrication products. Still have a gallon can of Oilzum SAE 90 gear oil that is going into my 1955 Bug ths morning.
Mike/Longmeadow- June 23, 2009 - Report this comment
When I was a serious drag racer and lived in North Jersey, the preferred oil of choice with tuners like Pappy Hough and the guys of Gasoline Alley was Oilzum. IIRC they had a special racing formulation and with those of us that had what they's call "built" engines today... you could catch a distinct odor around the car similar to that of Castrol's racing oil. Its interesting to see its still being produced... just wonder what weights/formulations are available and where.
Mike Burns/New Milford NJ- September 12, 2009 - Report this comment
To add to "Mike/ Longmeadow" comment above,back in the 1960's I used Oilzum's "Crystal" Race Oil which created a distinct odor as it heated and burned.
Debbie- October 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I worked for White & Bagley Co. which sold Oilzum motor oil and other products. It was my first full time job in an office and Janet Bagley was the one who hired me. I was there until Dryden Oil came and bought the company. Worked at Worc Ctr Blvd with Sylvia, Carole, Pauline, John Moulton, Henry Johnson, John Cordiner and others. It was a wonderful company to work for thanks for experience and the memories.
tommy- October 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Debbie .I to worked at the old factory .John Cordiner hired me .John Moulton helped when dryden took over and things went downhill.Ernie foster was also a fine man ,had it not been for trippis death,I would still be there.that place had a lot character
Oilzum- November 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Tommy: Is that you, High-Speed? Have thought of you often over the years!
Tommy- November 28, 2009 - Report this comment
yup.I loved running that machine.I can still tell the grade of oil just by smelling it.wanna get in firstname.lastname@example.org
henry johnson- January 03, 2010 - Report this comment
it is good to see some names from the past it was a great place to work we all had a lot of fun and made agreat product if any of you want e mail me at email@example.com anyone remember our softball team?
tommy- January 03, 2010 - Report this comment
the white and bagley wombats .the hound behind the plate .and homer on the plate.matts beer ball in the on deck circle.
Oilzum- February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Just tried to upload a icture of the famed "Wall of Shame".... the elevator door down in the swamp where I, and Jerry added names to the long list of past W&B employees that had, for whatever reason, left the company. I'm on it and Henry as well.... I guess Tommy either was holding out under the Dryden regiem or Jerry was let go before the list was complete.
tommy- February 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I would love to see that picture.I was exiled to millbury st plant after hosing down hank.from the fourth floor .Cordiner laughed so hard i thought he was gonna have a stroke .
tommy- February 20, 2010 - Report this comment
HPB call EWF call EWF HPB
steve- February 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked for White and Bagley on Foster St. during summer vacations and semester breaks from 1963 to 1968. Started on the scrambler feeding the canning and boxing machines. Ed White was Plant Manager. Worked with Omer Bedard, George Naom, Jim who ran the boxing machine, and Stan who mixed all the oils. Used to make E1 and E2 grinding pastes and 1500 grinding oil. Still have a couple dome top cans from the 5 gallons a month employee oil program.
Frank- February 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked at White and Bagley Foster St. plant durng summers from 1960-1965 (high school and college years). First job was unloading box cars of empty quart oil cans (Saab cans came in large bags of 120 cans each, while regular Oilzum cans came in cases of 24). On Saturdays, we worked OT to do "6-packs" of Saab-labeled motor oil (back then Saabs were two-cycle engines that needed oil mixed with the gas). Quart cans were filled on the canning machine and packed by hand in the small cardboard cases that held six cans each for retail sale. Jim Grant ran the box machine in those days and filled in for Ed White as plant manager on occasion. George Naoum, former professional wrestler, worked the canning machine. Omar Bedard was in charge of feeding the cans from the second floor storage area. He also was an absolute horsehoe wizard who took on all comers during lunch hours; no one could beat him. Roland Pepin did the bar and chain oil quart cans and other hand-filled items. I eventually "graduated" to filling 5-gallon dome tops, but spent most of my time upstairs in the canning department, eventually taking over for Omar. Harry Brown ran the lab, Dan Foley worked in the shipping room, and Pete was the barrel painter. Worst job I had there was unloading graphite and sulfur trucks (trailer trucks full of 50-lb bags of either material--all off-loaded by hand, 5 bags at a time on a two-wheel truck and wheeled to the storage area where they would be used to make grease. Nasty work on hot, humid summer days! Agree with other posters: W&B was a good place to work. The place had lots of character (and characters, too). I can remember getting paid in cash when the Brinks truck came on Friday afternoons at the 3 p.m. break. Ed White would hand out the envelopes to each of us. I think I made about $1.10/hour and brought home $40-$50/week, depending on hours. I finished college and left before all the changes took place. Thanks to all for sharing your memories!
dezi- February 19, 2011 - Report this comment
dose anyone know if the old white and bagley bilding is stil there? i know that oilzum is sold by dennison lube but that all i know
mark Marciano- May 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I was blessed to get a job with white and bagley just as the dryden transition was coming into play I have nothing but good memoris from there there was Doug Kimbal Louie Harribedian Fran Perry Ed Chartier John Moulton Janet Ed ahearn HP Bagley there was the Omar I think that was his name then there was joel chioda, mike levee tommy kenneth anderson angel gonzalez, angels cousin miguel I think was his name they lived of of may st. tony, the women upstairs in the amin office I mainly worked on MIllbury st there was Jay Campbell then the guy from Drtden Art James he was a decent guy he had a job to do I have no complaints of anyt of them was an honor and mostlt a priveledge Id do it all over again. Shame I hear Doug is gone I seen Joel at the dunkin donuts in shrewsbury a few years back I bought a car off Ed he was decentky fair Id reccomend his lot to anyone. there was so much going on there never a boring day. Thanks Ed for the the pleasure to work for you and the experiences I have learned from in my earlier life. wait there was Manual Silva John Foley Life was so much easier 230 years ago hell 50 years ago I worked there for a year and the memories are still fresh in my mind that should tell you how positive the place was it had its times but for the most part we need that place back.
elton duffy- March 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I have an empty 2 oz. glass bottle of Oilzum Vita Lube with the black & orange mans face on the cover. All the writing on the bottle is in raised letters. How old is the bottle and what was Vita Lube used for? firstname.lastname@example.org
henry johnson- March 29, 2012 - Report this comment
dont know how old would guess pre ww2 vita lube was equal to wd40 it was made into a spray when i worked there
Wendy- March 31, 2012 - Report this comment
I have a double sided sign-black and orange. I don't see any answers to the earlier posted question that the one lady asked about her signs in Grandma's house. We would like to know if they have a value? Please post an answer here if there is one. Thank you. :) P.S.: loved reading all the above stories. History is fun!
BRIAN- April 03, 2012 - Report this comment
I have an old un opened can of OILZUM I found cleaning out an elderly mans home. I thought the label was cool. I am trying to figure out what decade its from. It has an olive green label. Does anyone know? Thanks! Venmlegion@aol.com
Paul C.- June 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I have been collecting some oilzum items. If any of you are interested in selling please give me a call. I'm from Worcester.508 328 7493
henry johnson- December 06, 2012 - Report this comment
sorry to tell of the passing of ed ahern he was a great man rest in peace ed
Oilzum- December 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Ed Ahearn was a kind, patient, professional and certainly fun-loving man. I remember him sitting behind his desk during a meeting. He had in front of him a 500ml beaker in which he was stirring an industrial colored liquid with a thermometer. One could assume it was some kind of coolant he was developing. During the conversation he would stir the liquid, checking the temperature every minute or so. The look of surprise on the faces of others present and the apparent pleasure on Ed's face as he finally put the thermometer aside and took a long drink out of the beaker was golden. Ed Ahearn, blue lab-coat, white crew-cut fast-pace, big smile and great feel for humor.
tommy- December 14, 2012 - Report this comment
rest in peace my friend you are not forgotten.
Oilzum- October 25, 2013 - Report this comment
... and today we read in the Telegram of Ray Kopoyan's passing. A kind hearted man, a no-nonsense teacher, a proud man has passed.
Jim- January 16, 2014 - Report this comment
I have a small cigerette lighster with SABB motor oil on the front,on the back says A product of the white & bagley company makers of oilzum motor oil, Distribusted by: Saab Motors Inc 100 Waterfront St. New Haaven Conn.does anyone know about these? thanks
One who know's- February 14, 2014 - Report this comment
Ask anyone who works for the current blenders of Oilzum if they would put that crap in their cars and the answer would be "NO"...word from their salesmen is that it's a re-refined base stock product that's used to undercut the competition's ISO 9000 certified bulk oil. Take a look at their shop and it looks like a dump from the outside, trust me, it worse from the inside.
Robert E. Richer- March 01, 2014 - Report this comment
Does anyone know the status or location of Pres Bagley?
henry johnson- March 02, 2014 - Report this comment
mr Bagley passed away in 05 I belive he was living on the cape
michael- July 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Pres Bagley Had a home in Madison Ct. A summer home i believe. My family was in the auto part and service center business we were an Oilzum distributor here on the shoreline in Clinton Ct, since the 60's right up until Dryden bought them out…. I remember when i was a kid Press use to come into the store with a shopping bag with a pad and pencil to take our order. He never got the order right….
Eric- August 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Great stories here! Just came across this site while researching Oilzum items. I am a long time collector from MA. If anyone has any Oilzum items at all..big or small...one item to 100 I'd pay cash for them. I will pay very fair market value for items too! Email me at email@example.com. Thanks
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