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[Postcard of Oilwell Derrick in Bradford, Pennsylvania]

Description: Postcard of a wooden oil derrick erected over a shed with a group of people on the ground. The letter on the back of the postcard reads, "Dear Mamie, I'd like to shake you for not writing when my train letters was longer. Have at you, woman. I hear you're going to leave old Gunston. Good work my dear, and please give my B. some extra hand slaps for me. Remember our fights? Oh no. Heard lots about you, please write, Bowie." The postcard is addressed to "Miss Mamie McFadden McFadden Ave. Beaumont, Texas."
Date: September 8, 1910
Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum

[Photograph of Slaton Harvey House Staff]

Description: Photograph of a group of men and women from the Slaton Harvey House, most in Harvey House uniforms, with a family of husband, wife, and child sitting in the front row. They are identified as (left to right) front row: W. H. Bowman, manager, Virginia Bowman, Mrs. W. H. Bowman, N. A. Miller, W. O. Shelton, F. L. Wells, and H. T. Carr, and back row: Ira McCarver, Jimmy McCarver, John Shelton, Roybe Hill, Cleo Wolf, Jo Short, Verna Tabor, Mable Reno, and Blanche Tabor.
Date: [1912..1942]
Partner: Private Collection of Rosa Walston Latimer

[Two oil derricks]

Description: Postcard issued by Bank of the Southwest using images from F.J. Schlueter Collection. Image is of two oil derricks. Car and wagon are on the road in front of the derricks. Text on the back of the postcard reads, "For a long time, oil has been the biggest game in town. Even in 1916 when Houston thoroughfares had as many horses and buggies as automobiles. Photograph from the Bank of the Southwest--F.J. Schlueter Collection." Image is from ca. 1920, but postcard is from ca. 1970.
Date: 1916
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

Log of Kirby No. 1

Description: Oil well log from land 5 miles South of Abilene, Texas, with the strata labeled next to the diagram. The log is labeled with the name "Hon. K.K. Legett."
Date: [1917-03-16..1917-07-14]
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Boring Tool.

Description: Patent for a new boring tool used for digging post holes, shallow wells, and for like purposes. It has a pilot bit and a cutting disk that carries the loosened dirt from the bore to the surface.
Date: June 9, 1914
Creator: Keenan, Michael J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Jim Wells County

Description: Map shows land patents, block and tract numbers, landowners, towns, and railroads; portions of adjacent counties where property boundaries extend beyond county limits. Scale not given.
Date: 1913
Creator: [Texas]. General Land Office.
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library


Description: Patent for well-cylinder improvements, specifically pumps with "special reference to a pump having a reciprocating piston and being adapted for use in a deep well, where the pump cylinder is difficult to access" (lines 11-14).
Date: September 16, 1913
Creator: Ligon, Arthur Lee.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for Hoisting Liquids from Wells.

Description: Patent for an “apparatus for raising liquid from wells by means of a compressed fluid, such as air or other vapors or gas“ (lines 9-12). The apparatus leaves liquid from the well under normal pressure during hoisting or pumping, and allows for varying amounts of liquid to be extracted.
Date: October 28, 1913
Creator: McCall, Duncan D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for an underreamer with improved construction and increased operating efficiency; including illustrations.
Date: December 9, 1913
Creator: Wagner, Warren
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Drill-Cable Clamp.

Description: Patent for Drill-Cable Clamp is for a device that clamps the rope to which the drill connects. The rope can be rotated, while connected to both the drill and the drilling machine securely.
Date: May 6, 1913
Creator: Clayton, Robert Fentress
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for the improvement of vertical reamers used in the drilling of wells. Intended to provide a multi-bladed reamer that expands holes more evenly with less parts than previous models.
Date: April 20, 1915
Creator: Hughes, Howard R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for an underreamer that will be used to ensure that the well casing is clean. Its construction is simple and can be made cheaper than older devices of the same type.
Date: February 9, 1914
Creator: Pippin, John W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mechanism For Casing Off Water.

Description: Patent for a mechanism for casing off water in wells so that it does not become mixed with oil or escape into the bore and be discharged to the surface.
Date: January 12, 1915
Creator: Fuqua, William Y. & Johnson, Charles J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department