Real Photo Post Card [RPPC]: Jack Nolan Photograph of Tex Thornton's Firefighters Working on a Wild Texas Oil Well Fire Circa 1932

Real Photo Post Card [RPPC]: Jack Nolan Photograph of Tex Thornton's Firefighters Working on a Wild Texas Oil Well Fire Circa 1932

Price: $125.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


Minor corner wear and some toning to the back. The caption runs off the left edge, affecting a few letters--appears to be a printing error. Measures about 3.5 X 5.5 inches. Divided back with written message and a 1932 postmark from Longview, Texas. The photograph is by Jack Nolan, who was a pioneer photographer in the oilfields of the early 1930s oil boom in East Texas. His photographic documentation of boom towns and oilfield scenes, such as this wild well fire and the firefighters trying to control it, have become quite collectible. The caption on the photo states: "Into the flames of Hell went Tex Thornton's fire fighters. Fifty Men worked day and night for nearly a week to conquer this wild Texas oil well fire. Photo by Jack Nolan 133." Tex Thornton was a pioneering practitioner of using explosives to extinguish wild well fires and became a heroic, popular figure throughout the 1920s doing so. The written message on the back from someone passing through adds a colorful observation of Longview, Texas: "We only drove 22 miles to-day-to Longview, Texas. It would be a sin not to see the big oil wells... They are real Western men here. Big hats and regular costumes."

Title: Real Photo Post Card [RPPC]: Jack Nolan Photograph of Tex Thornton's Firefighters Working on a Wild Texas Oil Well Fire Circa 1932

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Categories: Oil & Gas,

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 11363

Keywords: Jack Nolan, Photograph, RPPC, Post Card, Texas Oil Well, Fire, Firefighters,