Exceedingly rare original photograph of the first self-propelled steam driven,Oil Well Drilling Rig. It was made in Beaver Falls,Pa in 1878? The two men in the photograph are the makers Robert & John Downie,who called the machine a Keystone Rig,formed the Keystone Driller Company in Beaver Falls in 1878. The Keystone Driller Company was incorporated in 1882,in 1887 a factory was built and became the company home.
This photograph once hung in the original Keystone Driller Company Office. One of the age identifications of the Driller is that the wheels do not have cleats which were on machines in 1888. Another is that this photo precedes any known catalog by the company. I have not found any other photos of Keystone Drillers prior to 1890.
This photo is in the original gold-gilt victorian frame with convex glass. Frame measures 18 1/2 x 25 inches and actual viewing of photograph is 13 x 19 inches. The Smithsonian and the Library of Congress have both requested copies of this photograph which I have not provided.
Historically important. *References: Petroleum Institute Beaver County Historical Society.,