New Mural Celebrates Oil Town U.S.A.

As you walk through the front door of the library you’ll be greeted by this dynamic collage of historic photographic images of Tomball. The images come from the library’s Esther Bubley Photo Collection, a four-volume collection of black and white photographs of the people and industry of Tomball in 1945.

Bubley (1921-1998) was a gifted American freelance photojournalist who specialized in expressive photos of ordinary people in their everyday lives.

She photographed this Tomball series while on assignment for Standard Oil of New Jersey. It was part of a larger public relations project. The photographs first appeared in Cornet Magazine in April 1946 in an article entitled “Oil Town U.S.A.”

You can view the collection in our Ready Reference area at the second floor reference desk. Just ask a librarian to direct you to it. If you want copies for yourself you can order them from the photographic archives at the Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville. (They will be listed as part of the Roy E. Stryker Collections.)