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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

Mining

Striking Portrait: 1939

Striking Portrait: 1939

"Coal miner during May 1939 strike. Kempton, West Virginia." 4x5 acetate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Utah Copper: 1942

Utah Copper: 1942

November 1942. "Utah Copper -- Bingham Mine. Brakeman of an ore train at the open-pit mining operations of Utah Copper Company at Bingham Canyon, Utah." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Company Men: 1911

Company Men: 1911

January 1911. Pittston, Pennsylvania. "Four Breaker Boys working in #9 Breaker, Hughestown Borough, Pennsylvania Coal Company. Boy on left is Tony Ross, 142 Panama Street. Other small boy is Mike Ross, cousin." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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