Art: The Pride of Tulsa

Oklahoma oilmen took time off to go to an art exhibit last week, and swelled with pride at what they saw. On show at the Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa were 30 paintings that told the story of petroleum —step by step from geologist camp right down to the huge refineries, with their silvery tank farms and mazelike array of pipes and towers.

The collection was a gift from brother oilmen of the Standard Oil Co. (N.J.) 1,200 miles away. Standard Oil began to dabble in art in 1943, with the idea of dramatizing the importance of oil in wartime. The company...

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