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White Coal: 1922

White Coal: 1922

December 7, 1922. The L.E. White Coal Co. yards at South Capitol and I streets in Washington. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Delparen or Katharine Anthracite?

I had no idea that there were so may choices when purchasing coal: Katharine or Delparen anthracite? Pea, Chestnut or Stove size? Clinkerless? What color ash would would you like with that?

Mr. White's full name was Lucius Evans White.

Update: a bit more information on the types of coal mentioned: Anthracite is the hardest, purest type of coal, found mostly in Pennsylvania. Delparen was a briquet manufactured from anthracite in Parrott, Virginia. Cannel coal is similar to oil shale and was often used for gasification - Pluto Cannel Coal was a tradename for cannel mined in Morgan County, Ky. The Katharine mine was located in Fayette Co., Pa., which is a bit confusing to me because that area is region is more commonly associated with bituminous coal - not anthracite. Red Ash and White Ash are both types of Pennsylvania anthracite: the redness owing to deposits of iron within the coal.

UPDATE II: The building in the background is the D.C. Dog Pound.

Mr. L.E. White

Begs to announce that he is no longer associated with W.W. Griffith, but is now engaged in business for himself, under the name of L.E. White Coal Company. Wholesale and retail, coal and wood trestle Penna R.R. Coal yards, 22 I st. se.: telephone yard office, Lincoln 741. Main office, Room 417 Columbian Building, 416 5th st. nw.; telephone Main 2877. It will be worth your while to get his prices before placing your orders. Katharine Anthracite in all sizes a speciality.

Advertisement, Washington Post, Apr 12, 1914


Delparen Anthracite Chestnut Coal
for 15 days at $5.50 per ton, 2,240 lbs.
Phone your orders.

L.E. White Coal Co.

South Capitol and I streets.
Main 6221.

Advertisement, Washington Post, Jul 6, 1915

Reduction in Coal

Delparen Anthracite.
(Free from Slate)
Stove size............$6.75 per ton
Chestnut size ......$6.75 per ton
Pea Size..............$4.50 per ton
Briquets..............$6.50 per ton
Exclusive Agent for PLUTO CANNEL COAL
(Used by U.S. Government)
$12.00 per ton
We also handle all sizes of

L.E. White Coal Co.

South Capitol and I streets.
Main 1081-1082

Advertisement, Washington Post, Feb 5, 1916

Coal - Coal - Coal
Anthracite Briquets

Will reduce your fuel bill, save time and worry. Odorless, clinkerless and, after thorough ignition, smokeless. Only $7.25 per ton, 2,240 lbs. We guarantee more heat per ton than white as stove. further information call

Main 1081-1082
L.E. White Coal Company,
South Capitol and Eye

Advertisement, Washington Post, Jan 24, 1917

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