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Album with 210 Original Photographs Compiled by an American Oil Exploration Engineer Showing the Indigenous People of Carrasquero, Venezuela and the Nearby Engineers' camp and Oil Wells, also the Towns of Macuto and La Guaira, Venezuela, Curacao and its Royal Dutch Shell Refinery and Puerto Rico].
1920 - Ca. 1920. Quarto (26,5x21 cm). 48 leaves (black card stock). With 210 original photographs ranging in size from 8x11,5 cm (3 ½ x 4 ½ in.) to 7,5x9,5 cm (3x4 in). All mounted with corners, many with pencil captions on verso. Period black patterned half cloth with patterned paper boards "Ardak Album." A few album leaves with minor chips, covers of album with mild rubbing, but overall a very good album with sharp images. This is an historically interesting photo album documents the early exploration and development of the oil industry in Venezuela, which today is the country with the largest proven oil reserves in the world. "Despite the knowledge of the existence of oil reserves in Venezuela for centuries, the first oil wells of significance were not drilled until the early 1910s., On 15 April 1914, upon the completion of the Zumaque-I (now called MG-I) oil well, the first Venezuelan oilfield of importance, Mene Grande, was discovered by Caribbean Petroleum (later acquired by Royal Dutch Shell)in the Maracaibo Basin. This major discovery encouraged a massive wave of foreign oil companies to "invade" Venezuela in an attempt to get a piece of the action"(Wikipedia). The strong images in this album include: about forty images of Venezuelan indigenous peoples; about sixty images of the engineers getting to and setting up camp at Carrasquero (Maracaibo Basin), Venezuela; about ten images of the nearby oil wells; about forty images of Curacao and its Royal Dutch Shell refinery; about thirty images of Macuto and La Guaira, Venezuala; about twenty-five images of Puerto Rico. [ … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Wayfarer's Bookshop, ABAC/ILAB/PBFA
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