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

Mining

Breaker Boys: 1911

Breaker Boys: 1911

January 1911. Breaker boys in #9 Breaker, Pennsylvania Coal Company mine at Hughestown Borough near Pittston. Smallest boy is Angelo Ross, 142 Panama Street, Hughestown Borough. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Avondale Shaft: 1911

Avondale Shaft: 1911

January 1911. "First Aid to the Injured" man with Draeger Oxygen Helmet. Avondale Shaft, D.L. & W. [Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad] Colliery near Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Nipper Joe: 1911

Nipper Joe: 1911

January 1911. Shaft #6, Pennsylvania Coal Co. mine at South Pittston. "At the close of the day. Waiting for the cage to go up. Small boy in front is Joe Pume, a Nipper, 163 Pine St." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Brown Mine: 1908

Brown Mine: 1908

October 1908. Digging coal by machinery at the Brown Mine in West Virginia. Note open-flame headlamps. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Drivers and Trapper: 1908

Drivers and Trapper: 1908

September 1908. Young mule drivers and trapper boy at the Brown Mine near Brown, West Virginia. Underground from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. View full size.

 

Serafino and Chub: 1911

Serafino and Chub: 1911

January 1911. "Serafino driving Chub, his mule. Shaft #7, Pennsylvania Coal Company mine at South Pittston." Bright spots are open flames of lamps on the boys' hats. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Pasquale and Sandy: 1911

Pasquale and Sandy: 1911

A young leader and a driver, Shaft #6, Pennsylvania Coal Company mine at Pittston. Pasquale Salvo and Sandy Castina. January 1911. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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