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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Mining

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.

 

Chattanooga: 1900

Chattanooga: 1900

Colorado circa 1900. "Mining camp at Chattanooga on Mineral Creek." 8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Iron Man: 1941

Iron Man: 1941

August 1941. "One end of the Hull-Rust-Mahoning pit, largest open pit iron mine in the world, near Hibbing, Minnesota. The pit is two and a half miles long, three quarters of a mile wide and about four hundred feet deep." Medium format safety negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Great Coal Mine: 1901

The Great Coal Mine: 1901

New York circa 1901. "The Great Coal Mine, Coney Island." From the book Coney Island and Astroland: "The Great Coal Mine was a 1,500-foot-long dark ride that enabled visitors to travel on coal cars through several levels of a dimly lit simulated mine. It opened in 1901 on the north side of Surf Avenue at West Tenth Street, was not very popular, and was soon replaced by L.A. Thompson's Oriental Scenic Railway." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Breaker Boys: 1911

Breaker Boys: 1911

January 1911. South Pittston, Pa. "Breaker boys working in Ewen Breaker of Pennsylvania Coal Co." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

I'm a Lumberjack: 1899

I'm a Lumberjack: 1899

Upper Michigan circa 1899. "The loggers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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