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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WORLD'S FAIR POSTERS

Mining

Carr Fork Canyon: 1942

Carr Fork Canyon: 1942

November 1942. "Bingham Copper Mine, Utah. Carr Fork Canyon as seen from the 'G' Bridge." Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger. View full size.

 

War Ore: 1942

War Ore: 1942

November 1942. "Loading copper ore at the open-pit mining operations of Utah Copper Company at Bingham Canyon." Medium format nitrate negative by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Hot Lunch: 1942

Hot Lunch: 1942

November 1942. Garfield, Utah. "Loading a copper converter at the Garfield smelter of the American Smelting and Refining Company." Medium format nitrate negative by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Coal Miner's Daughter: 1938

Coal Miner's Daughter: 1938

September 1938. "Children of coal miners. Scotts Run, West Virginia." Medium format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Children of the Coal: 1938

Children of the Coal: 1938

September 1938. "Coal miner's wife and three of their children. Company house in Pursglove, Scotts Run, West Virginia." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Bringing Up Baby: 1938

Bringing Up Baby: 1938

September 1938. Chaplin, West Virginia. "Miner who has worked in mines since he was 14 and has tried to save money and have a better home, with his wife, suffering from bad bronchial condition and asthma." Plus Junior underfoot. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Been a Miner: 1939

Been a Miner: 1939

January 1939. "Unemployed miner. Herrin, Illinois." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

        Williamson County, Illinois, once produced 11 million tons of coal per year, and led the state in output. Since 1923, output has steadily declined until now it falls short of 2 million tons. At one time, sixteen mine-whistles blowing to work could be heard from the center of Herrin. Now only two mines are running and those will probably be abandoned within the next year. The Herrin office of the United Mine Workers of America was once the most active in the state. Today it is no longer self-sustaining. These pictures were taken in the Herrin UMWA office on a day when the mines were not working. They show the type of miners still employed in Williamson County but faced with the almost certain prospect of being discarded by the industry when the last mine is closed. (A.R., Jan. 1939)

 
 
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