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Photograph of a man working on rock bit drilling pieces at the Hughes Tool... A man working on Hughes rock bit drilling pieces at the Hughes Tool Company in Houston.
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Photograph of men working in the Hughes Tool Co. factory, Houston, Texas, circa 1950s Men working on Hughes rock drilling bit piece #5411-482 at the Hughes Tool company in Houston, Texas.
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Photograph of the Hughes Tool Co. Drilling Laboratory, Houston, Texas, circa 1950s Transcribed from attached press release: "DRILLING LABORATORY The fundamental purpose of all Hughes rock bit research is to improve bit performance. In attaining this improvement it is necessary to balance design with the application of correct metallurgical materials...
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Photograph of a replica of the Hughes Tool Company hard formation rock bit type R-1,... A trophy modeled for display after the Hughes Tool Company hard formation rock bit type R-1. The drill bit was the engineering marvel on which the Hughes fortune was founded.
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Photograph of an employee testing Hughes Tool Company drill bits, 1950s Transcribed from attachment to photo: "TOUGH TEST - A hard formation drilling test is begun in the big laboratory at Hughes Tool Company, Houston, Texas, where any drilling condition found anywhere in the world can be duplicated. Here, where...
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Photograph of the Hughes Tool Company's hard formation rock bit type R-1, circa 1950s The Hughes Tool Company's hard formation rock bit type R-1 was the engineering marvel on which the Hughes fortune was founded. The bit was invented by Howard Hughes' father.
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Photograph of a man working on rock bit drilling pieces at the Hughes Tool... Transcribed from attached press release: "HUGHES ROCK BIT PRODUCTION more than 500,000 rock bits produced last year by the Hughes Tool Company, Houston, Texas, for drilling the kind of deep wells which now produce 90 per cent of the...
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Photograph of a drill bit at the Hughes Tool Co., Houston, Texas, circa 1950s Transcribed from attached press release: "LITTLE BIT Only an inch and a quarter in diameter, this "microbit" enables engineers at the Hughes Tool Company, Houston, Texas, to estimate the performance of full-size bits for the oil drilling industry. ...
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Photograph of a man working at the Hughs Tool co., Houston, Texas, circa 1950s A man working at the Hughes Tool Company in Houston.
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Photograph of the interior of Hughes Tool Co., Houston, Texas, circa 1950s Transcribed from attached press release: HUGHES TOOL COMPANY Cornerstone of the industrial empire of Howard Hughes is the Hughes Tool Company of Houston, Texas, which last year produced more than half a million rock bits for drilling the kind...
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Photograph of men inspecting drill bits at the Hughes Tool Co., Houston, Texas, circa 1950s Men inspecting drill bits at the Hughes Tool Company in Houston.
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Photograph of a man working at the Hughes Tool Co., Houston, Texas, circa 1950s Transcribed from attached press release: "HUGHES ROCK BIT TEST In a block-long laboratory at Houston, Texas, the Hughes Tool Company can simulate oil drilling conditions anywhere in the world. Here a Hughes bit is tested on a hard...
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Photograph of Hughes Tool Company Derrick, Houston Texas, circa 1940s-1950s Transcribed from press release: "HUGHES TEST DERRICK This 118-foot field-size oil derrick tower above a block-long laboratory in Houston, Texas, where the Hughes Tool Company simulates every drilling condition in the world in order to produce tough, long-lasting drill bits...
 

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