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c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album
  • c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album
  • c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album
  • c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album
  • c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album
  • c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album
  • c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album
  • c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album
  • c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album
  • c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album

c1923 Early Oil Exploration Maracaibo Venezuela Photo Album

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£120.00


Product Description

A nice condition part of a Photo Album, with pictures of early Oil Exploration in Venezuela. The photos were the property of Walter James Pigg/Pegg.

The lot consists of a part photo album, with 56 black and white photos. They show the foreign personnel, that apart from showing Pegg, would have been British, American or Dutch in origin. They also show the President Juan Vicente Gomez’s residence, the oil wells, including La Rosa Blowing, and little of life in Maracaibo and Cabimas.

The pages are loose, but the photos are in good condition. Added to this are 15 photos, mostly passport of Walter James Pegg and his wife Joan Barbara Kerbey, whom he married in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Some of the photos have dry stamp marks of the British Foreign Office and ink stamps of the Venezuelan authorities. There is also a WWI period scrap/autograph book that belonged to Joan and has messages, pictures and paintings. The covers of the book are damaged, but the inside is intact. Interesting and rare.

After WWI Sergeant Pigg, a decorated soldier and recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, changed his name by deed-poll and embarked on a new life in South America.
Walter James Pigg was born in 1896, in Horncastle, Lincolnshire. After WWI Sergeant Pigg, a decorated soldier and recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, changed his name by deed-poll and embarked on a new life in South America. He travelled to Maracaibo to work for an oil company prospecting in Venezuela. Whilst there, he married Joan Barbara Kerbey in 1928, in Maracaibo. He returned to England and lived in Sevenoaks. He died in London in 1976.

THE Maracaibo Basin, situated in western Venezuela, is an area of some 25,000 square miles, embracing the State of Zulia and parts of the States of Mérida, Táchira, and Trujillo; within this region occur the principal oilfields of Venezuela. Though the presence of oil in this country was known in the early days of the Spanish occupation, commercial exploration did not commence until 1878. After a slow start, it was in 1912 that important developments were undertaken, resulting in the discovery of the Mene Grande oilfield. By 1926, practically the whole of the basin area was held under exploration or prospecting licences, and besides Mene Grande, there were the oilfields of La Rosa, Ambrosio, El Mene, La Concepcion, La Paz, Rio Palmar, Rio de Oro. La Rosa Oilfield was given in concession by Venezuela president Juan Vicente Gómez.

Size: 26 x 18 x 3 cm (10 ¼ x 7 x 1 1/8 inches)
Weight: 440 g

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