Drilling an oil well. Guiding the bit through the rotary table. Kilgore, Tx.April 1939. Photo by Russell Lee, photographs were made as part of a documentary project directed by Roy Stryker for the Standard Oil (New Jersey) Company from 1943-1950. Lee also had photographed in Texas during the 1930's for Stryker's first big project at the Farm Security Administration and had settled in Austin in 1947. For this photographic essay on the harvesting of wheat, he began shooting mobile combine caravans in early spring in Texas and followed them north into Oklahoma. The crews themselves would follow the harvest northward into Canada. Lee's photographs, along with 80,000 others created by the project were donated by the Exxon Corporation to the University of Louisville Photographic Archives in 1968. This photograph was printed from a copy negative. A mint condition, black and white photograph found in the archives of a private collection. Over the past 35 years this private collection was assembled from copy negatives or original negatives obtained from many state historical societies, National Archives, Library Of Congress, and various private sources. Each photographic print is hand printed from a negative. This timeless image would make a great gift or decoration for Home/Office.