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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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.

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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.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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