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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • MONTSERRAT FUNICULAR RAILWAY, c. 1920

Mining

Kimball: 1935

Kimball: 1935

October 1935. The coal mining center of Kimball, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Miller Time: 1935

Miller Time: 1935

October 1935. Workers coming off the job at Consolidated Coal in Jenkins, Kentucky. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 

Omar: 1935

Omar: 1935

October 1935. A street scene in the mining town of Omar, West Virginia. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Kempton: 1939

Kempton: 1939

May 1939. The coal company town of Kempton, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Stillwater County: 1942

Stillwater County: 1942

September 1942. An early snow at the Benbow Mill of the Metal Reserves chromite development in Stillwater County, Montana. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information.

 

Greensboro: 1941

Greensboro: 1941

June 1941. Sawmill and smokestack at the Greensboro Lumber Co. in Greensboro, Georgia. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Help Is On the Way: 1915

Help Is On the Way: 1915

"Mine Rescuer" circa 1915. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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