Wood’s Minstrels

Event Information

Wood's Minstrel Hall

Proprietor / Lessee:
Henry [Wood's Minstrels] Wood

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Last Updated:
6 June 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

01 May 1865, 7:45 PM
02 May 1865, 7:45 PM
03 May 1865, 7:45 PM
04 May 1865, 7:45 PM
05 May 1865, 7:45 PM
06 May 1865, 7:45 PM

Program Details

"Petroliamania" appears with an alternate spelling as "Petroleumania" in an earlier performance. “Previous to the Burlesque, a Grand Minstrel Performance, by Wood’s Minstrels.” See AD: NYH 05/02/65.

"Petroliamania; or, Oil on the brain" includes: “How do you flow?” and “Pay your royalty”.

Following the discovery of oil in northwestern Pennsylvania in 1859, there was much investment in drilling, extracting and refining oil, this last in Brooklyn along the East River. By 1863 New York was exporting half a million barrels of oil a year. J. D. Rockefeller set up his first oil business in New York in 1859, and after not too many years his Standard Oil company had a monopoly on oil. Meanwhile, there apparently was a fever of speculation on Wall Street. See "Gotham," p. 874.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New York Herald, 01 May 1865, 7.

     “[Petroliamania] endorsed by the press and public. The great sensation of the season. New and magnificent scenery.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 02 May 1865.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 06 May 1865, 31.