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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

Major Miner: 1938

Major Miner: 1938

September 1938. Capels, West Virginia. "Coal miner waiting for lift home." Last seen here, six years ago. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 
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How sad

After a grueling days work in the coal mine, rolling a cigarette to relax. I don't think they had any idea in those days.

[If only we had been there to guide them. - Dave]

Black, all over

Clothes, skin, lungs already, and smoking hand-roll on top.
Probably a relatively short life.

 
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Shorpy.com | 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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