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    Edison Battery Oil

    One of my favorite places to walk the dog is along the railroad tracks. One can always find some good "junk" along them. A couple of weeks ago, I happened upon 2 different little bottles embossed with Edison Battery Oil of Bloomfield, NJ. A quickie Google search turned up the fact that they are post 1915, as there was a fire at the plant in Orange, NJ, and it was moved to Bloomfield in 1915. They don't seem to be worth much which is unfortunate because I was hoping I could retire if I sold them. I'm going to make my first attempt at uploading a picture here, so I hope it works.

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    RE: Edison Battery Oil

    Well, I guess that didn't work. D'oh!! I'll try again later.

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    RE: Edison Battery Oil

    Okay, I'm going to try again. If it works, it reads:

    Edison Battery Oil
    Made in U.S.A.
    Thomas A. Edison
    Incorporated
    Bloomfield, NJ
    U.S.A.

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    RE: Edison Battery Oil

    Whoo Hoo, it worked!! Here's the other side. It's Thomas Edison's signature.



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    RE: Edison Battery Oil

    Here's the other one. It's a different style, and has a small piece of the corner missing. It reads:

    Special Battery Oil
    Thomas A. Edison
    Incorporated
    Primary Battery Division
    Bloomfield, NJ
    U.S.A

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    RE: Edison Battery Oil

    And the other side with the Edison signature.

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    RE: Edison Battery Oil

    Hey Rockhounder saw this post and had to put this pic up of a few that I have as I've allways liked theses Edison battery oil bottles .The one is from the Orange N.J. plant .These came from the canals right outside Chicago.Good luck diggen and finding to you and all .
    bill

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    RE: Edison Battery Oil

    Thanks for sharing your pics, Bill. Your little bottle from Orange, NJ is too cool. I've since found an area where there's 8-10 broken Edison bottles. Not sure if it's worth the time to try and find all the pieces and glue them back together.

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    RE: Edison Battery Oil

    where theres edison bottles, theres normally a railroad signal tower or somthing like that, insulators, and a battery box nearby. Where theres an old battery box, theres batery jars and in some cases battery rest insulators. I've been walking along railroads for nearly 4 years now, been all over the place and i have yet to see 1 edison bottle, or old battery box. I have found interesting shards of bottles though, nothing whole. Did find a square ACL milk in PA once, forget where though. Near Kane.
    Anyways, from what i know the round bottles are newer more common ones and the flatter ones are a bit tough to find. Nice job, keep an eye out for insulators where your lookin for those bottles, especially battery rest insulators.

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    RE: Edison Battery Oil

    I just saw one of these (the 1st one) at Merchant's Square in Allentown... they wanted $20 for it.

    Kate



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