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 degree to get the job done.

Photo courtesy of The Sloane Gallery, Houston, TX. Image for sale at www.sloanegallery.com or call 281-496-2212

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Turbo & Pump Symposia 2018
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The Sloane Gallery contains images of Houston from the early 1900s thru the 1980s. The emphasis will be on black and white photography created during the building boom era of mid 1920 - 1936.  Located at 1570 South Dairy Ashford, Suite 113, Houston, TX 77077. Gallery Hours - Tuesday - Friday 12PM - 6PM and Saturday 12PM - 4PM.