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Bowring Petroleum Co

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December 1904.
June 1909.
November 1909.
June 1912. Dennis Brothers motor spirit van for Bowring Petroleum Co.
November 1919.

Makers of Mex motor spirit, of Finsbury Court, Finsbury Pavement, London EC

The petroleum business of the Bowring's interests were developed into the Bowring Petroleum Co of London, which was a subsidiary organization.

1917 Became a member of the Pool Board, set up by the government to control distribution of petroleum products[1].

Post WWI: Shell needed to find further outlets for its products so, soon after the war, it bought into Bowring Petroleum, which controlled the Mex trade name. Petrol was sold in two-gallon cans - there were no petrol filling stations in Britain until 1919.

See Shell Mex

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Sources of Information

  1. New York Times May 5, 1917
  • Oil Company road maps [1]