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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Mining

Mrs. Gladski: 1938

Mrs. Gladski: 1938

1938. "Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Joe Gladski, wife of a coal miner at Maple Hill." Photo by Sheldon Dick, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Stamp Mill: 1906

The Stamp Mill: 1906

Copper production circa 1906. "12,000 horsepower compound pump, Calumet and Hecla stamp mill, Lake Linden, Michigan." Note the faint double exposure in this 8x10 inch glass plate. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Calumet and Hecla: 1905

Calumet and Hecla: 1905

Circa 1905. "Calumet and Hecla smelters, Lake Linden, Michigan." Starting point for the web of copper telephone and streetcar wires seen in so many of the other Detroit Publishing images. Panorama of two 8x10 glass plates. View full size.

 

Water Foul: 1935

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Water Foul: 1935

1935. "Miner's house at Scott's Run, West Virginia. Note sewerage system." Photo by Elmer Johnson for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Chipso Kids: 1937

Chipso Kids: 1937

March 1937. "Scott's Run, West Virginia. Pursglove No. 2 coal mine. Scene taken from main highway shows company store and typical hillside camp." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, three years before his death. View full size.

 

Bachelor Miner: 1937

Bachelor Miner: 1937

March 1937. Scotts Run, West Virginia. "Employed bachelor coal miner at home in Sessa Hill. This scene is typical of hundreds of bachelors who belong to a group of immigrants whose family was separated by immigration restrictions. This man may, or may not, have a wife in another country." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. Decor by Coca-Cola. Large format acetate negative. View full size.

 

Bureau of Mines: 1917

Bureau of Mines: 1917

Washington, D.C., 1917. "Mine rescue apparatus." The latest in livesaving for injured bureaucrats. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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