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Texaco Main Gate 1953

Description: Photograph of the main gate of Texaco in 1953. The gate is attended by a single guard. To the left of the gate is a building bearing a large sign declaring that there has been 1,594,538 man hours since the last "lost time injury." There is also a sign requesting that no reading material be carried inside, and other sign on the gate that requests that no matches be carried inside. Two boxes written with the words "Red Head Matches" stand in front of the building.
Date: 1953
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Woman Sitting on Small Car]

Description: Photograph of a woman in a long dress with flowers in her hair sitting on a small car driven by a young boy in a cowboy hat, during a parade in Port Arthur, Texas. A man walks beside them, and a crowd of people stand in front of the building in the background.
Date: 1953
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Photograph Featuring Janis Joplin at Tyrell Elementary School]

Description: Photograph of the Tyrell Elementary School' 1952 Christmas Program. Children are arranged onstage in a raked pyramid in front of a curtain. Each child is wearing a white top and holding a microphone. The girl sitting to the far right of the bottom row is Janis Joplin. An adult woman is sitting before the stage in a wooden chair, and other people can be seen sitting behind her.
Date: December 1952
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[View of Ship Passing Through Drawbridge]

Description: Photograph of a town on the edge of a river with a ship passing through a bridge, identified as Pleasure Pier drawbridge. Cars are waiting for the ship to pass on either side of the bridge. There is what appears to be a factory in the distance with multiple smokestacks. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
Date: November 19, 1952
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[First CavOilCade Dinner]

Description: Photograph of rows of dinners seated and eating with a head table in the background. On the curtain behind reads "We Appreciate Your Faith in Port Arthur". Handwritten on the reverse of the photograph: "1st celebration of CavOilCade" "Oct. 14, 1952 - dinner to salute oil industry. Became CavOilCade in 1953." "Valuable, return picture to: Lyle Vickers, 300 Plaza Circle, Port Arthur, TX."
Date: October 14, 1952
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Fleet of Shrimping Boats]

Description: Photograph of a side view of shrimping boats from a fleet. They are stationed at a dock. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
Date: September 7, 1952
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Sabine Pass Cameron Parish Lighthouse]

Description: Photograph of Sabine Pass Cameron Parish Lighthouse taken from across the pass. Handwritten on the reverse of the photograph: "Chamber of Commerce, (Photo by Stan Fitzner), May, 1952" "Cameron Parish Lighthouse"
Date: May 1952
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Carver School Teachers]

Description: Photograph of teachers from Carver Elementary School. They are wearing black outfits with flowers pinned to their shoulders. They are in two rows and there are flowers in vases in on the floor.
Date: 1952
Creator: Briscoe
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Elementary School Drill Team]

Description: Photograph of the Lamar Elementary School Drill Team. The drill team is made up of children in uniforms holding batons. Two girls in the back of the line are holding drums, and a few girls in each line are doing the splits. Handwriting on the border of the photograph dates it from 1952.
Date: 1952
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Oil Appreciation Dinner]

Description: Photograph of a large crowd of men and women standing during a dinner party in Port Arthur, Texas. A banner at the front of the room reads "We Appreciate Your Faith in Port Arthur".
Date: 1952
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Reception for Governor Shivers]

Description: Photograph of a group of men at a reception for Governor Allan Shivers held by the Chamber of Commerce at the Goodhue Hotel in Port Arthur, Texas. They are identified as Brehner, Allan Shivers, Manglesdorf, and Louvier.
Date: 1952
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Reception for Oil Officials]

Description: Photograph of a large group of men in suits mingling at a reception for oil refinery company officials held at the Port Arthur Club in the Goodhue Hotel in Port Arthur, Texas. The reception was sponsored by Port Arthur's Chamber of Commerce.
Date: 1952
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[View of the Plant]

Description: Photograph of the Port Neches Works Plant, looking north. Multiple round structures and a series of buildings cover the grounds, and there is a road and railroad tracks to the west. The upper left hand corner reads "Port Neches Works, looking north 1952." Handwriting on the back and an accompanying card (with the Texaco logo on the bottom) label the photograph "View of the Plant looking north."
Date: 1952
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[River in Port Arthur]

Description: Photograph of a bridge over a river running through Port Arthur, Texas. There are buildings on the opposite shore.
Date: August 1951
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

Closeup of Pile Butt Before Driving

Description: Photograph of of a pile before driving. A man off-camera is measuring the pile with a sectioned measuring tape.
Date: May 11, 1951
Creator: J. C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Precast Extension Hanging in Lead]

Description: Photograph of a precast extension hanging in lead from an oil derrick with a man holding chain. Company pick-up truck reading "Spence & Howe Construction Co." on the side door in the foreground. Oil tanks are in the background.
Date: May 11, 1951
Creator: J. C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

Precast Extension Hanging in Lead

Description: Photograph of a piece of machinery holding an extension piece with a chain. There are holding tanks in the background. To the left, a 1950's model pickup truck with the business name "Spence & Howe Construction Co." written on the side.
Date: May 11, 1951
Creator: J. C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Group in Chamber of Commerce]

Description: Photograph of a group of men and a few women sitting in chairs at a meeting in the Chamber of Commerce building in Port Arthur, Texas. A man holding a piece of paper, identified as Mack Thomas, stands at the front of the room. Two pictures of ships are balanced on top of full bookshelves, and a photo of a woman hangs on the wall in the background.
Date: 1951
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast