This group of 'Shoebox' photos also gives me the opportunity to include them as Letter Z...which is a bit of a reach, but nevertheless an interesting look at the Texas Mid-Century Oil & Drilling Bidnezz.
As indicated in this photo of my Uncles, having a 'Pump Jack' in your backyard was not all that unusual, and regardless of the warning signs and the threat of a whoppin', kids of all ages could not resist climbing on the iron horse for a whooping good ride.
Management of the petrochemical industry and the discovery of natural gas and it's bi-products of styrene, butadiene, polypropylene, benzene and quantities of synthetic rubber and ammonia kept the Oil Industry booming. New installation Plants were built along the Gulf Coast and the Houston Shipping Channel. The Odessa-Midland area was a hub of Oil Service Companies with branches throughout smaller communities like Monahans, Kermit, Ozona, Big Lake and others.
As I have mentioned in earlier posts, my Dad was a Jack of All Trades and one of them was as a 'Roughneck' on 'Drilling Rigs'....like the one pictured bottom left. On the 'Rig', he was a Jack of All Rig Jobs from Floor Hand to Derrick Hand...which was the one that caused Mother the most worry.
In the bottom right picture, Dad and his brother MD are standing on a site where a 'Pulling Unit' is in operation.
This piece of machinery was part of the 'Oilfield Service Industry', which flourished during the 1950's through the 1990's, and will again when the current Texas Oil Drilling Boom Rigs move to their next Drilling Sites.
As I look at these pictures of Dad as a 20th Mid-Century Texas Oilman, I wonder what he would think about the 21st Century Oil Bidnezz. I imagine he would say,
"God Ahmighty, Thel, what will they think of next?
Thank-you Mom and Dad....I wouldn't change a thing...
Growing Up In The 1950's and 1960's