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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUENOS AIRES, c. 1950

Mining

Top Drill: 1940

Top Drill: 1940

September 1940. "Miner who won power-drilling contest at the Labor Day celebration in Silverton, Colorado." Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Eagle-Picher: 1943

Eagle-Picher: 1943

January 1943. "The operator of a zinc ore loader at a large smelting plant is protected against harmful dust by a mask. From the Eagle-Picher plant near Cardin, Oklahoma, come great quantities of zinc and lead to serve many important purposes in the war effort." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Creede: 1942

Creede: 1942

December 1942. "Creede, Colorado. Lead and silver mining in a former ghost town." Photo by Andreas Feininger, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Woodward Breaker: 1900

Woodward Breaker: 1900

1900. "Woodward coal breaker, Kingston, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Slagpile Sluggers: 1940

Slagpile Sluggers: 1940

August 1940. Coaldale, Pennsylvania. "Baseball diamond for children with slagpile in background." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Either Ore: 1943

Either Ore: 1943

January 1943. "Production. Zinc. Cars for transporting zinc and lead ore. From the Eagle-Picher Mining & Smelting Co. plant near Cardin, Oklahoma, come great quantities of zinc and lead to serve many important purposes in the war effort." Photo by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

And a Little Child: 1939

And a Little Child: 1939

November 1939. "Former tiff miner, now blind, with son. Washington County, Missouri. Photographs show mining and miners of tiff, form of white lead used in paint. A dangerous occupation because tiff mines are never timbered and all mining is done by hand labor from crude holes in ground usually 10 to 15 feet deep." Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Tipple Boy: 1908

Tipple Boy: 1908

        UPDATE: The historian Joe Manning has more on the life of Otha Porter Martin here.

October 1908. "Tipple boy at the Turkey Knob coal mine in Macdonald, West Virginia." Says the LOC: "Patron identifies this as her grandfather, Otha Porter Martin, born July 3, 1897." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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