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  • From oil wells to eyelashes, wait — what?January 29, 2015

    Danielle Wente | Shale Plays Media

    Very few associate 1860s oil wells with women’s smiling faces, but in an odd way they go hand-in-hand.  Or shall I say, eyelash-in-eyelash.

    It all began in 1865 when Robert Augustus Chesebrough, a 22-year-old chemist, decided to leave the oil fields of Titusville, Pennsylvania, and return to his laboratory in Brooklyn, New York.  Upon returning, he decided to experiment with a waxy substance that would clog oil field well heads.  Years later, Chesebrough patented a method that turned the waxy substance into an ointment he called “petroleum jelly.”  On June 4, 1872, Chesebrough patented a new petroleum product what today is known as “Vaseline.” To continue reading, click here.