Memorabilia Monday: Derrick in Oil

Oil Original by Lu Celia Wise

You never know what you might find in the vault. Lee Pecht recently reorganized the memorabilia collection. This unusual item was in the Houston memorabilia box. It actually doesn’t come from Houston, though.

Lu Celia Wise worked for the Sinclair Oil Corporation in Tulsa. While there, she created her own line of “oil originals.” According to her lovingly written obituary, she sold desk items and art related to the oil industry at the Dallas Market.  She also wrote Oklahoma’s official bicentennial book.

Wise does have a Houston connection. The League of Women Voters selected her as one of two Oklahoma representatives for the “Women in Action” exhibit in 1996. The University of Houston has a collection on this project.

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