Marvel Mystery Oil

Posted by
Harry (Apex, NC, United States) on 7 March 2016 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Today. advertisers stress high tech. In the late 1920s or early 1930s this product was developed ..Wikipedia notes " It is claimed without evidence to be beneficial for engines... " A few decades ago a bit of "mystery" was enough to sell your product. This product line is still available, so maybe it does have benefits, but I would be reluctant to pour something called a "mystery" into my new BMW (if I had a new BMW).

SONY SLT-A77V 1/15 second F/13.0 ISO 400 52 mm (35mm equiv.)

Welcome to all. I began blogging Retained-Images in 2004 at It is gone now.

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel vieux bidon de fer quelle compo génial.

7 Mar 2016 5:16am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

The mysterious oil of yesteryear.... great information with this photo.

7 Mar 2016 5:23am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Yes, still available . . since 1923 : must be something behind the mystery !

7 Mar 2016 6:19am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Bien conservés ces anciens objets. )

7 Mar 2016 6:52am

jean pierre a from France

beaux objets! amitiés

7 Mar 2016 7:13am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Le travail du temps

7 Mar 2016 7:52am

Alun from Elton, United Kingdom

A great blast from the past then.

7 Mar 2016 8:28am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

With "Mystery oil " cars are supposed to be magic ...!! Superb capture and great textures .

7 Mar 2016 9:33am

franz from Baden, Austria

i enjoyed your intro to this 'back to the past' image! reminds me of some of the 'miracle drugs' on sale even today ... ;-)

7 Mar 2016 10:15am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Well ... maybe it is a oil of superheroes .. :))

7 Mar 2016 10:44am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Well whatever you do don't cook with it

7 Mar 2016 11:03am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

I like a good mystery...just not in my car's engine! Good find. And still around today, eh?

7 Mar 2016 12:05pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Looks very nice

7 Mar 2016 12:27pm

kerrfoa from Rennes, France

Une jolie découverte

7 Mar 2016 1:24pm

Don from Spokane, United Kingdom

A fine shot of this product that make unsupported claims. I was surprised that its still available.

7 Mar 2016 4:17pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Interesting product and superb close up of the texture

7 Mar 2016 7:00pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful frame, colors & textures!

7 Mar 2016 8:14pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I concur with your thoughts, Harry!! Great rusty textures captured in this shot!

8 Mar 2016 1:52am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I agree. Mystery Oil won't go into my BMW either :-)

8 Mar 2016 1:54am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


8 Mar 2016 8:33am

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Snake oil Maybe.

9 Mar 2016 9:05pm