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April 1936.
April 1936.
8 April 1936 Advert from CyclingMagazine.
June 1936.

3 in one oil

1894 George W. Cole, of New Jersey, produced a mixture to accomplish three things in connection with the care and maintenance of a bicycle - namely lubricate, prevent rust and clean. The formula became the famous 3-IN-ONE oil .

1899 the company, G.W. Cole, was incorporated.

1905-10 The company name was changed to 3-IN-ONE Oil Company.

1933 The company was acquired by Drug Incorporated

Later became part of Sterling Products Inc.

1936 A.S. Boyle Company, a subsidiary of American Home Products Corporation, acquired the brand from Sterling Products Inc. It was then merchandised in small tin cans.

1990 Reckitt and Colman Plc acquired the Boyle Midway household products division of American Home Products.

1995 The WD-40 Company acquired the worldwide 3-IN-ONE Oil business from Reckitt & Colman.

2020 continued to be distributed by the WD-40 company

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