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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

The Derrick: 1939

The Derrick: 1939

August 1939. "The Derrick, roadhouse in Oklahoma City oil field." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Don't be fooled.

Those cheap sandwich prices are deceiving. In 1939 a gallon of gas was about 10 cents. So I don't think much has changed as far as prices go.

Roustabout Heaven

I wonder how many fights broke out among the oilfield workers in this place so close to the oilfield? It looks like a nice place and I am sure they tried to keep it that way but what happens when drillers from different companies and alcohol get mixed? I can only imagine.

Not All Bad

Busy oilfields, cool 1930s cars (Hudson, Chevy, and Ford visible here), and 15-cent sandwiches. Maybe the Depression wasn't all bad!

The Cars

L-R: 1939 Chevrolet nose, 1936 Terraplane, 1936 Ford

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