Coal Oil Wagon-Another view

Description: Coal oil wagon at the Vernon Street watering trough. In the late 1800's and early 1900's coal oil, or kerosene, was much in demand. It was used for, among other things, lamps and heating. One obscure use was as a deterrent to chiggers while blackberry picking. A rag with a few drops of kerosene tied around the wrists and ankles was the early version of "Off." It was used for everything from a cleaning fluid to a weed killer. The demand was great enough that wagons plied the streets, much as the old ice wagons, delivering coal oil to the customer's doorstep.
Origin: 1927
Created By: Harry Lemen, photographer
Collection: River to Rail and Lemen Collection
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Geography: Indiana-Jefferson County-Madison
Subjects: Transportation
Horse-drawn vehicles

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