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About Sinclair Oil Corporation
Sinclair Oil Corporation is an American petroleum corporation, founded by Harry F. Sinclair on May 1, 1916 as the Sinclair Oil and Refining Corporation by combining the assets of 11 small petroleum companies.
Near the beginning of the Great Depression, Sinclair sold the remaining interest in its pipeline subsidiary for US$72.5 million. With these funds Sinclair prepared to weather the Depression with the remaining supply of cash. During the Great Depression, Sinclair saved a number of other petroleum companies from receivership or bankruptcy, and acquired others to expand its operations.
At the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933-1934, Sinclair sponsored a dinosaur exhibit meant to point out the putative correlation between the formation of petroleum deposits and the Age of Dinosaurs. The exhibit included a two-ton animated model of a brontosaurus. The exhibit proved so popular it inspired a promotional line of rubber brontosaurs at Sinclair stations, and the eventual inclusion of the brontosaur logo.
Later, inflatable dinosaurs were given as promotional items, and an anthropomorphic version appeared as a service-station attendant in advertisements. Some locations have a life-size model of the mascot straddling the building’s entrance.
At the New York World’s Fair of 1964–1965, Sinclair again sponsored a dinosaur exhibit, “Dinoland”, featuring life-size replicas of nine different dinosaurs, including their signature brontosaurus. After the Fair closed, Dinoland spent a period of time as a traveling exhibit.
Two of the replicas are still on display at Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose, Texas.
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