It Felt Like The Future Was Now
It Felt Like The Future Was Now

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Panoramic view of the Long Beach oil field at night, looking out at the Pacific Ocean. Houses are scattered about the area. Reference photo dated: ca. 1930. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Towards the End of All Things
Towards the End of All Things

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View is looking towards the Hancock Oil Refinery. Flames spout from a tank at the center which is surrounded by billows of blackened smoke from various spots. Fire hoses lie in the street leading up to the fire scene. Reference photo dated: May 23, 1958. Los Angeles Public Library.

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This is the New Appearance of Venice.
This is the New Appearance of Venice.

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This is the new appearance of Venice, showing a skyline of oil derricks encroaching on one of the last canals of yesteryear. Old bridges have been repaired. The boarded canal sidings are for the most part rotting away. A boat is a novelty. Oil streaks mark the surface of the water. Reference photo dated: January 3, 1953. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Unidentified Fumes Apparently Caused an Explosion
Unidentified Fumes Apparently Caused an Explosion

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Firefighters from the hazardous material squad check for combustible gases after unidentified fumes apparently caused an explosion at a store in the Fairfax District. Reference photo dated: March 25, 1985. Los Angeles Public Library.

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A Nagging Feeling of Impending Catastrophe
A Nagging Feeling of Impending Catastrophe

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Huntington Beach Oil Fields. Reference photo dated 1925, reference image courtesy of the Orange County Archives.


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Of Orange Blossoms and Eucalyptus / (Wild) Well #3
Of Orange Blossoms and Eucalyptus / (Wild) Well #3

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Almost hidden from view in an orange grove off Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, is Sombrero-Stetson No. 1 wildcat oil well being drilled by Robert Lytle, a Los Angeles oil operator. The well is nearing the 8000 foot mark. Reference photo dated: May 16, 1950. Los Angeles Public Library.

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(Wild) Cat Well #2
(Wild) Cat Well #2

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Oil spews from an oil derrick at Normandie Avenue and Imperial Boulevard. Reference photo dated: ca. 1941. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Union Oil Trucks Parked at a Refinery
Union Oil Trucks Parked at a Refinery

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Security Pacific National Bank Collection. Reference photo dated ca. 1935. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Value of the Blazing Fuel is Estimated at $569,000
Value of the Blazing Fuel is Estimated at $569,000

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The fireball over two burning tanks of volatile fuel in the Union Oil Co. tank farm at Wilmington looks almost like the fireball of an atomic bomb explosion as it sears the sky hundreds of feet over the core of the blaze. Silhouetted firemen move in to isolate the flames from other tanks. Value of the blazing fuel is estimated at $569,000. Reference photo dated: August 28, 1953. Los Angeles Public Library.

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The Outline of Two Firemen Can Be Seen
The Outline of Two Firemen Can Be Seen

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Nighttime view shows an oil well fire blazing at night. The outline of two firemen can be seen in the left corner. Water is being sprayed onto an oil tank. Reference photo dated: ca. 1935. Los Angeles Public Library.

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The Heat Was So Intense Nearby Telephone Poles Caught Fire
The Heat Was So Intense Nearby Telephone Poles Caught Fire

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Two tanks, containing 3,642,000 gallons of volatile fuel, shot flames hundreds of feet into the air over Wilmington. Photo shows firemen battling the blaze. Heat was so intense, nearby telephone poles caught on fire. Reference photo dated: August 28, 1953. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Unidentified Fumes Apparently Caused an Explosion
Unidentified Fumes Apparently Caused an Explosion

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Firefighters from the hazardous material squad check for combustible gases after unidentified fumes apparently caused an explosion at a store in the Fairfax District. Reference photo dated: March 25, 1985. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Standard Stations, Inc.
Standard Stations, Inc.

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View of the Standard Stations, Inc. service station in Huntington Beach. A large oil field is seen in the background. Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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St. Mary’s By the Sea
St. Mary’s By the Sea

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Women are seen outside St. Mary’s by the Sea Catholic Church, located at 321 10th Street in Huntington Beach. Oil derricks are seen near the church property. Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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Oil Poured Out and an Explosion Followed
Oil Poured Out and an Explosion Followed

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View is looking towards the Hancock Oil Refinery. Flames spout from a tank at the center which is surrounded by billows of blackened smoke from various spots. Fire hoses lie in the street leading up to the fire scene. Reference photo dated: May 23, 1958. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Let It Burn Itself Out
Let It Burn Itself Out

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A towering column of heavy black smoke rises high into the sky as Hancock Oil Refinery continues to burn, 16 hours after the fire had started. Black smoke was so heavy that firemen gave up and decided to ‘let it burn itself out. Reference photo dated: May 23, 1958. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Laundry Dries on a Clothesline Near the Venice Oilfield
Laundry Dries on a Clothesline Near the Venice Oilfield

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Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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Fishing Poles and Oil Fields
Fishing Poles and Oil Fields

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An angler fishes off the pier in Huntington Beach. An oil field can be seen in the background. Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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Dr. Clemenshaw’s Petroleum Test Lab
Dr. Clemenshaw’s Petroleum Test Lab

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Dr. Clemenshaw’s petroleum test lab. View 14: liquid in a vial is poured into a canister for testing. Reference photo dated: ca. 1939. Ralph Morris, Los Angeles Public Library.

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Black Smoke Billows
Black Smoke Billows

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Photo shows the thunderous flames and dense smoke rising from giant oil tanks in the Hancock Oil refinery as the disastrous fire swept through the area. Fire started when an oil tank buckled, oil poured out and an explosion followed. In foreground are some of the many burned autos. Reference photo dated: May 23, 1958. Los Angeles Public Library.

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The Small Tar Pond
The Small Tar Pond

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Four people walk around the small pond tar. Beyond is the Hancock oil field with oil derricks stretching across the land. Reference photo dated: ca. 1910. Los Angeles Public Library.

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A Nagging Feeling of Impending Catastrophe #2
A Nagging Feeling of Impending Catastrophe #2

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Oil derricks line the coast of Venice, California. Reference photo dated: ca. 1920. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Afternoon on the PCH
Afternoon on the PCH

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Cars travel south on a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, which runs between the railroad tracks (left) and an oil field. Waves are faintly visible on the far left. Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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A Certain Kind of Manic Beauty
A Certain Kind of Manic Beauty

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A dirt road winds around a hill, while in the background utility poles stand in front of row upon row of oil wells in the distance in this view looking toward Venice from Playa del Rey. Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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It Felt Like The Future Was Now
Towards the End of All Things
This is the New Appearance of Venice.
Unidentified Fumes Apparently Caused an Explosion
A Nagging Feeling of Impending Catastrophe
Of Orange Blossoms and Eucalyptus / (Wild) Well #3
(Wild) Cat Well #2
Union Oil Trucks Parked at a Refinery
Value of the Blazing Fuel is Estimated at $569,000
The Outline of Two Firemen Can Be Seen
The Heat Was So Intense Nearby Telephone Poles Caught Fire
Unidentified Fumes Apparently Caused an Explosion
Standard Stations, Inc.
St. Mary’s By the Sea
Oil Poured Out and an Explosion Followed
Let It Burn Itself Out
Laundry Dries on a Clothesline Near the Venice Oilfield
Fishing Poles and Oil Fields
Dr. Clemenshaw’s Petroleum Test Lab
Black Smoke Billows
The Small Tar Pond
A Nagging Feeling of Impending Catastrophe #2
Afternoon on the PCH
A Certain Kind of Manic Beauty
It Felt Like The Future Was Now

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Panoramic view of the Long Beach oil field at night, looking out at the Pacific Ocean. Houses are scattered about the area. Reference photo dated: ca. 1930. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Towards the End of All Things

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View is looking towards the Hancock Oil Refinery. Flames spout from a tank at the center which is surrounded by billows of blackened smoke from various spots. Fire hoses lie in the street leading up to the fire scene. Reference photo dated: May 23, 1958. Los Angeles Public Library.

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This is the New Appearance of Venice.

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This is the new appearance of Venice, showing a skyline of oil derricks encroaching on one of the last canals of yesteryear. Old bridges have been repaired. The boarded canal sidings are for the most part rotting away. A boat is a novelty. Oil streaks mark the surface of the water. Reference photo dated: January 3, 1953. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Unidentified Fumes Apparently Caused an Explosion

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Firefighters from the hazardous material squad check for combustible gases after unidentified fumes apparently caused an explosion at a store in the Fairfax District. Reference photo dated: March 25, 1985. Los Angeles Public Library.

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A Nagging Feeling of Impending Catastrophe

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Huntington Beach Oil Fields. Reference photo dated 1925, reference image courtesy of the Orange County Archives.


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Of Orange Blossoms and Eucalyptus / (Wild) Well #3

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Almost hidden from view in an orange grove off Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, is Sombrero-Stetson No. 1 wildcat oil well being drilled by Robert Lytle, a Los Angeles oil operator. The well is nearing the 8000 foot mark. Reference photo dated: May 16, 1950. Los Angeles Public Library.

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(Wild) Cat Well #2

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Oil spews from an oil derrick at Normandie Avenue and Imperial Boulevard. Reference photo dated: ca. 1941. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Union Oil Trucks Parked at a Refinery

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Security Pacific National Bank Collection. Reference photo dated ca. 1935. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Value of the Blazing Fuel is Estimated at $569,000

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The fireball over two burning tanks of volatile fuel in the Union Oil Co. tank farm at Wilmington looks almost like the fireball of an atomic bomb explosion as it sears the sky hundreds of feet over the core of the blaze. Silhouetted firemen move in to isolate the flames from other tanks. Value of the blazing fuel is estimated at $569,000. Reference photo dated: August 28, 1953. Los Angeles Public Library.

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The Outline of Two Firemen Can Be Seen

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Nighttime view shows an oil well fire blazing at night. The outline of two firemen can be seen in the left corner. Water is being sprayed onto an oil tank. Reference photo dated: ca. 1935. Los Angeles Public Library.

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The Heat Was So Intense Nearby Telephone Poles Caught Fire

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Two tanks, containing 3,642,000 gallons of volatile fuel, shot flames hundreds of feet into the air over Wilmington. Photo shows firemen battling the blaze. Heat was so intense, nearby telephone poles caught on fire. Reference photo dated: August 28, 1953. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Unidentified Fumes Apparently Caused an Explosion

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Firefighters from the hazardous material squad check for combustible gases after unidentified fumes apparently caused an explosion at a store in the Fairfax District. Reference photo dated: March 25, 1985. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Standard Stations, Inc.

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View of the Standard Stations, Inc. service station in Huntington Beach. A large oil field is seen in the background. Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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St. Mary’s By the Sea

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Women are seen outside St. Mary’s by the Sea Catholic Church, located at 321 10th Street in Huntington Beach. Oil derricks are seen near the church property. Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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Oil Poured Out and an Explosion Followed

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View is looking towards the Hancock Oil Refinery. Flames spout from a tank at the center which is surrounded by billows of blackened smoke from various spots. Fire hoses lie in the street leading up to the fire scene. Reference photo dated: May 23, 1958. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Let It Burn Itself Out

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A towering column of heavy black smoke rises high into the sky as Hancock Oil Refinery continues to burn, 16 hours after the fire had started. Black smoke was so heavy that firemen gave up and decided to ‘let it burn itself out. Reference photo dated: May 23, 1958. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Laundry Dries on a Clothesline Near the Venice Oilfield

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Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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Fishing Poles and Oil Fields

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An angler fishes off the pier in Huntington Beach. An oil field can be seen in the background. Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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Dr. Clemenshaw’s Petroleum Test Lab

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Dr. Clemenshaw’s petroleum test lab. View 14: liquid in a vial is poured into a canister for testing. Reference photo dated: ca. 1939. Ralph Morris, Los Angeles Public Library.

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Black Smoke Billows

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Photo shows the thunderous flames and dense smoke rising from giant oil tanks in the Hancock Oil refinery as the disastrous fire swept through the area. Fire started when an oil tank buckled, oil poured out and an explosion followed. In foreground are some of the many burned autos. Reference photo dated: May 23, 1958. Los Angeles Public Library.

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The Small Tar Pond

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Four people walk around the small pond tar. Beyond is the Hancock oil field with oil derricks stretching across the land. Reference photo dated: ca. 1910. Los Angeles Public Library.

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A Nagging Feeling of Impending Catastrophe #2

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Oil derricks line the coast of Venice, California. Reference photo dated: ca. 1920. Los Angeles Public Library.

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Afternoon on the PCH

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Cars travel south on a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, which runs between the railroad tracks (left) and an oil field. Waves are faintly visible on the far left. Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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A Certain Kind of Manic Beauty

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A dirt road winds around a hill, while in the background utility poles stand in front of row upon row of oil wells in the distance in this view looking toward Venice from Playa del Rey. Reference photo dated: ca. 1937. Herman J. Schultheis, Los Angeles Public Library.

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