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Earth Colony: 1942

Earth Colony: 1942

November 1942. "Phillips gasoline plant. Borger, Texas. Storage tanks." Medium-format negative by John Vachon, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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You'd think an a simple open elevator would be far cheaper than all those steel stairs and railings.

Untarnished Beauties

Phillips still operates in Borger, "The home of the world's largest inland petrochemical complexes." These tanks (or others exactly like them) are still there. They were probably not left unpainted for very long.
The population of Borger peaked during the war, almost tripling between 1930 and 1950, from 6,532 to 18,059.

White Heat

"Here I am, Ma! Top of the world!"

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