Frank Paul Noera invented the refillable tin oiler in Waterbury, Connecticut in the late 1800's. Waterbury was once famous as the "Brass City" and eventually came to be dominated by "The Big Three": Scovill Manufacturing, the Chase Brass and Copper Company and Anaconda-American Brass. Chase purchased Noera in 1909, but left Frank Noera, "king of the oil can," in charge until his retirement in 1924. The company made thousands of these things.
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