Working the Tongs, West Texas – 1930s

Long before the gas flows from the pump to the car the process of drilling for it has to start. Men made of steel willing to tackles a dangerous job worked rigs all over Texas looking to hit that gusher. Very little regard to safety was considered in the drilling effort. These images represent a slice of the roughneck's life on the early rigs of Texas.... Sometimes it took more than a college degr...

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