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[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

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

[Photograph of Sunbonnet Sue Operetta]

Description: Photograph of Sunbonnet Sue Operetta cast at Tyrell Elementary School. Rows of students are lined up and wearing mostly agricultural costumes. Janis Joplin is the fifth child from the right. Behind the children, there is a backdrop of a night scene set along the stage curtain. A mixed group of adults and children are seated before the stage.
Date: 1954-05~
Creator: Rice Studio
Item Type: Photograph

[Photograph of Aerial View of Rainbow Bridge, 1957]

Description: Photograph with aerial view of the Rainbow Bridge spanning the Neches River near Port Arthur, Texas. Shadows of several clouds dot the landscape. A ship is passing underneath the bridge. Several canals branch off from the river on its way to Sabine Lake, which encompasses much of the background. The other side of the photo has a handwritten note saying that this was a gift of A. W. Catanach, 1992.
Date: August 2, 1957
Creator: Watkins Studio
Item Type: Photograph

[Aerial View of Drawbridge]

Description: Aerial photograph of Pleasure Pier Drawbridge. A large ship has just passed through the bridge and it is still drawn. There are cars waiting for the ship to pass, and the town can be seen on the other side of the river. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
Date: September 17, 1955
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph

[Aerial View of Ship Passing Through Drawbridge]

Description: Aerial photograph of a ship and a town on the edge of a river. The ship is passing through a bridge identified as Please Pier Drawbridge, and cars can be seen waiting for it to pass. The buildings extend into the background.
Date: 1955
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph

[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

[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

[Ship at Grain Elevator]

Description: Photograph of a large boat at a grain elevator. The elevator is connected to a building that is on the left side of the photograph. There is another boat in the background and a water tower in the distance. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
Date: July 19, 1956
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph

[Ship Passing Under Bridge]

Description: Aerial photograph of a ship that has just passed under a large bridge, identified as Rainbow Bridge. The ship is in the right center of the photograph and extends from the bridge to the edge of the frame. The bridge is on the left side of the photograph and a truck and car are visible driving over it. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photograph as J. C. Watkins, and handwriting dates it from September 22, 1954.
Date: September 22, 1954
Creator: Watkins, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph

[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

Clyde H. Martin

Description: Photograph of Clyde H. Martin wearing cowboy regalia and posing with a saddle embossed with the words "All Around Cowboy 1959" and "Texas A.M. Rodeo Intercollegiate."
Date: 1959
Item Type: Photograph

[Decorated Stores]

Description: Photograph of decorated stores on a road in Port Arthur, Texas. A few cars are parked in front of the buildings.
Date: 1953
Item Type: Photograph

[Dedication of Carver Elementary School]

Description: Photograph of the dedication of Carver Elementary School. There is a man standing behind a podium on a stage, and other people seated in chairs. The audience can be seen from behind, facing towards the stage.
Date: 1950~
Item Type: Photograph

[First Annual Baby Contest in Port Arthur]

Description: Photograph of a group of people and babies, from the First Annual Baby Contest in Port Arthur. There is handwriting identifying each person, and the baby on the far left is labeled as the winner of the contest. The baby is wearing a while outfit and bonnet, and is in the lap of a man in a suit. The image is dated March 6, 1955.
Date: February 6, 1955
Item Type: Photograph

[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

[Four Men in Suits]

Description: Photograph of four men wearing suits standing together at a party in Port Arthur, Texas. They are, from left to right, Frank Bryan, an unknown man, Jim Rowland, and Lyle Vickers.
Date: January 30, 1959
Item Type: Photograph

[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

[Group of Men]

Description: Photograph of a group of men posing in front of a brick structure in Port Arthur, Texas.
Date: April 1, 1955
Item Type: Photograph

[Men at Chamber of Commerce Banquet]

Description: Photograph of five men, identified as Gene White, Jo Timms, an unidentified man, Donnie Jones, and the speaker, standing in front of a banner at a banquet for the Chamber of Commerce in Port Arthur, Texas.
Date: 1959
Item Type: Photograph