Wichita: E.J. Banks, 1926. Panoramic photograph, 8 x 39.25 inches. Some soft creases, handful of very short closed edge tears, but overall in nice shape. Very good. Item #3419
A fantastic panoramic photograph featuring two notable companies drilling on an important oil field in north-central Oklahoma during a boom time for the industry. The left third of the photograph shows the Sinclair Oil and Gas Company's West Kisner field, while the remaining portion of the image depicts the Roxana Petroleum Corporation's Schroeder Farm Lease, both on the important Garber-Covington Field. The fields were located about twenty miles southeast of Enid, Oklahoma. The image records about 130 oil derricks scattered across the two leases, along with many dozens of buildings and support structures, as well as numerous supply yards. Interesting note: when the Garber brothers, of Garber-Covington Field fame, first sought to drill for oil, they contracted with Harry Ford Sinclair, founder of Sinclair Oil to perform the drilling. Sinclair was a successful oilman, but met with his fair share of trouble as part of the Teapot Dome scandal in Wyoming; he served six months in prison for jury tampering in the case. The Roxana Petroleum Corporation was a subsidiary of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group specifically created to find and extract crude oil in Oklahoma. The present panoramic photograph is a stark visual example of the environment and landscape created by successful oil fields.