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    Dr. William J. Pike

    I was in an antique shop not long ago and I came across an old “boomer.” Seldom referred to by its proper name (Lebus Load Binder), the tool was, and remains, a staple in the field. We used boomers mostly to secure loads on trucks, but also to move heavy things around—slowly. I haven’t been able to discover when the tool was invented, but I am guessing in the 1920s. That made me wonder how much of our technology is truly new. To find out, I headed to my bookshelves and pulled out Deep Well Drilling. The book, published by Gulf Publishing Company in 1931, was written by Walter H. Jeffery. Running about 800 pages, it covers drilling, completion and production operations and equipment. The narrative, photos and bound-in, velum diagrams (including complete schematics for constructing a wooden cable tool rig) speak volumes about how much has changed, and how much has not.

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