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    Boudoir Card of an Early Drilling Operation, with Oil and Gas Drilling Agreement, circa 1910. The US oil and gas industry was in its infancy at the turn of the century. In 1901, the first oil gusher in the country was struck near Beaumont, in East Texas, and prior to that there were only a very few wells sprinkled around Los Angeles and Titusville, PA. After the East Texas Spindletop gusher, oil and gas exploration expanded greatly and we offer here a great photo of one such early drilling operation. The image features an enormous drilling tower with men, horses, and equipment working below. Accompanied by an "Oil and Gas Lease Agreement... From the Cleveland Oil & Gas Co.," dated March 9, 1910, for property in Lafayette, Ohio. Image measures 8" x 6" and is affixed to a slightly larger cardboard mount. Photographer unknown.

    Condition: Drilling agreement is lightly age toned with separation at folds which has been inexpertly repaired with cello tape. Document is in good condition; image is very fine.

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