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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Rescue Methods: 1917

Rescue Methods: 1917

1917. "Mrs. Van H. Manning. U.S. Bureau of Mines. Mine rescue methods. There were 750,000 men employed in coal mining in 1915, and of this number 2,264 were killed -- 190 less than in 1914 and 521 less than in 1913. 'This is the most gratifying report the Bureau of Mines has been able to make since it was established,' says Van H. Manning, director of the bureau. 'It indicates very forcibly to me that "safety first" has come to stay in the coal-mining industry.' " Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Memories

I had a boyfriend who liked this kind of thing.

Manning of Mining

I'm Manning of Mining,
And mining's my game;
The man in the mine
Is a Manning, by name.

I'll mine with my missus
From morning 'til night;
No non-Manning misses
Can bring such delight.

Aren't these people a little

Aren't these people a little too old to be playing Doctor?

 
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