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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

Mining

Stranded: 1937

Stranded: 1937

July 1937. "Man who worked in Fullerton, Louisiana, lumber mill for 15 years. He is now left stranded in the cut-over area." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Harvest Time: 1937

Harvest Time: 1937

1937. Salvaging coal from the slag heap at Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania. Coal pickers get 10 cents for each hundred-pound sack or two dollars a ton. One man can make from 10 to 20 sacks a day. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.

 

Houses on the Hill: 1935

Houses on the Hill: 1935

October 1935. Coal miners' houses in Omar, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Calumet: 1935

Calumet: 1935

October 1935. Miners at Calumet, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Tipple Boy: 1908

Tipple Boy: 1908

August 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.

 

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.

 
 
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