Vaseline was introduced in 1872 by Robert Chesebrough who visited the oilfields in Pennsylvania and discovered a healing substance in oil rig pumps, petroleum jelly. He named the new product ‘vaseline’, which derived from the German word for water (‘Wasser’) and the Greek word for oil (‘Elaion’). Vaseline was made by the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company. In 1955 Chesebrough merged with Pond’s (also on Wikiconic) and was purchased in 1987 by Unilever.
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