CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE
(Print Number Nine in the C. A. Warner Memorial Series of Historic Texas Oil Field Images)
"The Invisible Roughneck in the Texas Oilfields"
Roughnecks have always been tough, especially those walking calluses who were sinking holes in Texas fields a century ago.
But muscle and blood won't cut through a thousand feet of rock...unless you have Pharaoh's manpower.
Turning those early bits was the job of an invisible roughneck. Mother Boiler's hot headed son, Steam.
probably saying, 'Wait a minute. Steam isn't invisible. You can see it
coming out of a hot kettle or a burst radiator.' Well, that's not steam.
What you see it water vapor, the ghost of steam.
Out in the
oilfields a hundred years ago, it was oil that fired the boilers, that
made the steam, that moved the piston, that spun the flywheel, that
turned the drill pipe, that was attached to the bit, that brought in the
oil. The circle of industrial life.
Steam also propelled the locomotives that pulled the tank cars, that hauled the crude to the refinery.
1905, steam was helping to bring enough oil out of the Texas ground
that the railroads switched from coal. 3.5 barrels of oil could replace a
ton of coal at 1/4 the price.
That brings us to this picture.
We call it Contents Under Pressure - Humble Field, 1905. It shows the Simms Gusher at its peak, with 50,000 barrels pouring into the earthen tanks each day.
It's print No. 9 in the Warner Series of Historic Oilfield Images.
It's a limited edition of 254 copies (as always). Each one is
hand-numbered. It measures 18 by 24 inches.
are a high quality Giclee prints on old-world style heavy weight, acid
free, cold press watercolor paper. Each one is individually hand
numbered. The 'felt finished' surface allows the inks to 'bite',
reproducing the shading and tonality of the original image vividly,
beautifully, and exactly. These inks are guaranteed color-fast for 80
years, which means you won't need to lay out the extra money for UV
glass. You can hang your prints in direct sun and it will be just as
bright when they are passed on to the next generation as a family
heirloom as it is the day it ships.