The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Breaker Boys: 1911

Breaker Boys: 1911

January 1911. South Pittston, Pa. "Breaker boys working in Ewen Breaker of Pennsylvania Coal Co." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


And I used to complain

when I had to take out the garbage.

Great book

If interested: There is a well written and illustrated book that covers working in the anthracite mines which goes into quite a bit of detail on kids working on the breakers. Title "The Kingdom of Coal" authors Donald L Miller and Richard E. Sharpless copyright 1985 by The University of Pennsylvania Press.

Those faces

Wow, they look aged far beyond their years. This photo is both very fascinating and so depressing at the same time.

Deeply Touching

Man, there must really be a story to be told here.

I count one smile

I count one smile, and it's more of a grimace.

Faces !

Bottom row, sixth in from the left. His face says it all.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.