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Serafino and Chub: 1911

Serafino and Chub: 1911

January 1911. "Serafino driving Chub, his mule. Shaft #7, Pennsylvania Coal Company mine at South Pittston." Bright spots are open flames of lamps on the boys' hats. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


Ghostly Images of a Mine

Amazing how this photograph seemed to capture a gathering of ghostly figures at a dark, almost misty looking part of the mine.

Sam Keys

It says Samuel Keys up the left beam.

[Funny. Doesn't sound Greek. But yes. I think you're right! - Dave]


While delta would be more sexy, I still think that if a girl was working down there, it'd read "S [heart] K [heart]". :)

Mule Lifespan

I wonder how long a mule lasted in a coal mine?


I think this is the most terrifying picture.

Also, I think those are initials: S.K. You weren't being sarcastic, were you?

[It's S-delta-K-delta. With the name "Sami" underneath. Looks Eastern European/Bulgarian/Serbian/Turkish. - Dave]

Serafino & Chub

This photo is so surreal. Serafino's eyes are amazingly creepy! Looming up from the darkness.

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.

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