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Great-Grandpa was a PA coal miner
... My great-grandfather (a Lithuanian immigrant) was also a coal miner in the Hazleton area right around dthis same time frame. I'd love ... PA is in the "hard coal" or anthracite region of PA mining country. I grew up in Windber, in southwestern PA, in the "soft coal", ... 
 
Posted by gmr2048 - 02/01/2008 - 1:18pm -

Great-Grandpa was a PA coal miner

Coal Country: 1910
Circa 1910. "Coal loading at Ford Collieries, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry ... there might be an undefined one. (The Gallery, DPC, Mining, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/04/2017 - 10:37pm -

Coal Country: 1910

Shorpy Higginbotham: 1910
... of grease, and is often in danger of being run over by the coal cars." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. Shorpy story ... started in the mines at age ten. He worked for Tennessee Coal and Iron in Jefferson County, Alabama. After his back was broke in a mine ... best site on the web. (The Gallery, Kids, Lewis Hine, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/15/2017 - 1:46pm -

Shorpy Higginbotham: 1910

Striking Portrait: 1939
"Coal miner during May 1939 strike. Kempton, West Virginia." 4x5 acetate ... out the number on this one. (The Gallery, John Vachon, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/12/2017 - 9:31am -

Striking Portrait: 1939

Company Men: 1911
... working in #9 Breaker, Hughestown Borough, Pennsylvania Coal Company. Boy on left is Tony Ross, 142 Panama Street. Other small boy is ... Sunday's Finest Clothes Four Shorpy wannabes. Hard coal breaker boys. Tough dirty job for anybody. A Grim Life Well done ... of a breaker boy . (The Gallery, Kids, Lewis Hine, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2017 - 3:49pm -

Company Men: 1911

The Rest Is History: 1914
... it is Obviously (or maybe not) this is some sort of mining conveyor designed to travel on a track in the tunnel behind the ... out what's happened to their baby carriage, bicycle and coal scuttles. Snowplow It's a early electric snowplow. Not only did the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/25/2012 - 6:52pm -

The Rest Is History: 1914

Coal Miner's Daughter: 1938
September 1938. "Children of coal miners. Scotts Run, West Virginia." Medium format nitrate negative by ... tens of years ago! (The Gallery, Kids, M.P. Wolcott, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/17/2017 - 11:37am -

Coal Miner's Daughter: 1938

Kentucky: 1935
October 1935. Coal miner in Jenkins, Kentucky. View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn. ... photo One of our favorite photos showing Kentucky Coal Miners. (The Gallery, Ben Shahn, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 11:32am -

Kentucky: 1935

Rescue Methods: 1917
... 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 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/07/2012 - 11:05am -

Rescue Methods: 1917

Children of the Coal: 1938
September 1938. "Coal miner's wife and three of their children. Company house in Pursglove, ... it. (The Gallery, Kids, Kitchens etc., M.P. Wolcott, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/12/2017 - 7:19pm -

Children of the Coal: 1938

Pony Island: 1904
... they got out of hand they'd be forced to work in The Great Coal Mine. You'd be unhappy too If you had to go back to work in ... by the ruffians riding the ponies. Adventures In Coal Mining That sounds like a fun attraction. Edward VIII Is that a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/20/2012 - 7:15pm -

Pony Island: 1904

Behind the Scenes: 1938
... have showers in the basement so that they don't spread the coal dust/dirt through the house. Basement Shower My grandfather built a ... of land. This picture is every bit of familiar to me. Mining Photos One of the most extensive collections of Mining Photography ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/11/2011 - 10:38am -

Behind the Scenes: 1938

Been a Miner: 1939
... County, Illinois, once produced 11 million tons of coal per year, and led the state in output. Since 1923, output has steadily ... whistle blowing Growing up in a bituminous soft coal mining town. The mine whistle blew every evening at 7 to tell the union miners ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/08/2017 - 4:42pm -

Been a Miner: 1939

Bean-Stringers: 1909
... that would be at the junction of Wolfe and Fell? Beats coal mining. This looks like fun compared to the poor kids working the coal ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2011 - 9:09pm -

Bean-Stringers: 1909

Just Up: 1905
... guys were just coming up from their shift, deep copper mining must have been a lot cleaner than deep coal mining, even if not more safe. Two granddads This photo brings to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 6:13pm -

Just Up: 1905

Swipin’ Coal: 1917
"Swipin’ coal from the freight yards." Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. April 1917. Photograph ... Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size. Swipin' Coal My father told us that he would look for coal along the tracks putting ... steam locomotives ran the rails until the 1970's. In the mining village where I lived the last steam locomotive was retired in October ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/07/2011 - 3:09pm -

Swipin’ Coal: 1917

The Carbon Kid: 1938
September 1938. "Coal miner's child breaking up large pieces of coal to take home. Pursglove, Scott's Run, West Virginia." Photo by Marion Post ... spelling wise ;-)] (The Gallery, Kids, M.P. Wolcott, Mining, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/14/2015 - 1:34pm -

The Carbon Kid: 1938

Shorpy and His Friends
... of young fellows. Fate and time . . . We sons of coal miners can only reflect on what might have been if born a 100 years ago. ... much! - Dave] (The Gallery, Birmingham, Lewis Hine, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/14/2014 - 11:32am -

Shorpy and His Friends

Alabama Stop: 1937
April 1937. "Coal miners' housing in Birmingham, Alabama." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the ... full size. (The Gallery, A. Rothstein, Birmingham, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/25/2017 - 3:15pm -

Alabama Stop: 1937

Big John: 1942
... (vicinity). Montour No. 4 mine of the Pittsburgh Coal Company. Coal miner waiting to go underground." Medium-format nitrate negative by John ... appropriate photographer? (The Gallery, J. Collier, Mining, Pittsburgh Photos) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/16/2017 - 10:26am -

Big John: 1942

Carnival Ride From Hell: 1911
... Boys” remove rocks and other debris from the coal by hand as it passes beneath them. The dust is so dense at times as to ... by labor reformer John Spargo: Work in the coal breakers is exceedingly hard and dangerous. Crouched over the chutes, the ... etc. - Dave] (The Gallery, Kids, Lewis Hine, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2012 - 9:12am -

Carnival Ride From Hell: 1911

Happy Birthday Shorpy!
... of grease, and is often in danger of being run over by the coal cars." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size. Shorpy was ... photo was taken, he lived 17 more years until he died in a mining accident at the age of 31. This Thanksgiving, let's raise a toast to his ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/15/2012 - 9:56am -

Happy Birthday Shorpy!

Coal Country: 1938
September 1938. Osage, West Virginia. "Mining town. Coming home from school." Medium format nitrate negative by Marion ... 1930s and '40s in West Virginia, where his father was a coal miner. I always imagined him coming home from school almost just like ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/15/2010 - 11:08am -

Coal Country: 1938

The Great Coal Mine: 1901
New York circa 1901. "The Great Coal Mine, Coney Island." From the book Coney Island and Astroland : "The Great Coal Mine was a 1,500-foot-long dark ride that enabled visitors to travel on ... up. Casing the joint? (The Gallery, Coney Island, DPC, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/17/2014 - 10:38pm -

The Great Coal Mine: 1901

Tipple Boy: 1908
August 1908. Tipple boy at the Turkey Knob coal mine in Macdonald, West Virginia. Says the LOC: "Patron identifies this as ... or economic connection to the working conditions in the mining industry. It was one of those moments for me, as a naive kid, when I ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2012 - 10:21am -

Tipple Boy: 1908

In the Tunnel: 1908
... 1908. Gary, West Virginia. "Drivers and Mules in a coal mine where much of the mining and carrying is done by machinery. Open flame on oil headlamps." View ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2012 - 10:12am -

In the Tunnel: 1908

S.S. Rotterdam: 1910
... allows I'm not able to see the details of how they get the coal into the scuttles on the ship's side, but my guess is from there it just ... of New York City, 1892. The Berwind-White Coal Mining Company was incorporated in 1886. … The company own and operate ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/28/2012 - 7:28pm -

S.S. Rotterdam: 1910

Incendiary: 1938
September 1938. Capels, West Virginia. "Coal miner waiting for lift home." Medium-format nitrate negative by Marion ... up before leaving work. I knew him only after his coal mining days. Even after he was retired, he would take a long shower, shave, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/12/2012 - 6:02pm -

Incendiary: 1938

Shut This Door That Means You
... old. Has trapped for several years in a West Virginia coal mine at 75 cents a day for 10 hours work. All he does is to open and shut ... by himself by the light of his hat-candle. Canary in a coal mine Don't scare the birds Vance, trapper boy Vance Swisher ... look at the past. (The Gallery, Kids, Lewis Hine, Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/08/2009 - 11:24am -

Shut This Door That Means You

Family Dinner: 1952
... distributed in Asia; poster includes photographs of coal miner Walter Ward and family in David, Kentucky." Gelatin silver print. ... hanging above the stove. Having come from a Pennsylvania coal miner grandfather, my 'take' on this picture is that it was staged, posed ... the mixer and the frig. (The Gallery, Kitchens etc., Mining) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/29/2015 - 10:31am -

Family Dinner: 1952
 
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