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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Mining

Carr Fork: 1942

Carr Fork: 1942

November 1942. Bingham Canyon, Utah. "View of the Utah Copper Company open-pit mine works at Carr Fork, as seen from the railroad." Note the ore cars on the tracks into the pit. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Coal Creek: 1910

Coal Creek: 1910

December 1910. Coal Creek, Tennessee. "Hard work and dangerous for such a young boy. James O'Dell, a greaser and coupler on the tipple of the Cross Mountain Mine, Knoxville Iron Co., in the vicinity of Coal Creek. James has been there four months. Helps push these heavily loaded cars. Appears to be about 12 or 13 years old." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

River-Boy: 1913

River-Boy: 1913

November 1913. Beaumont, Texas. "Hard work and dangerous. River-boy Lyman Frugia poles the heavy logs into the incline that takes them up to the mill. It is not only hard work, but he is exposed to all kinds of weather and is dangerous too. Said he is 14 years old, has worked here several months, gets one dollar a day. Miller & Vidor Lumber Company." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

On the Brink: 1942

On the Brink: 1942

November 1942. "American Smelting and Refining. Garfield, Utah." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger for the OWI. View full size.

 

Behind the Scenes: 1938

Behind the Scenes: 1938

September 1938. Westover, West Virginia. Marion Post Wolcott and her intrepid camera head downstairs: "Miner takes shower, which he built in the cellar of his home." View full size. Medium-format negative, Farm Security Administration.

 

Everywhere a Sign: 1939

Everywhere a Sign: 1939

October 1939. "Copper miners on strike waiting for scabs to come out of the mines. Ducktown, Tennessee." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Ducktown Scab Committee: 1939

Ducktown Scab Committee: 1939

October 1939. "Picketing. Copper miners on strike waiting for scabs to come out of the mines. Ducktown, Tennessee." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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