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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Mining

Old Salts: 1910

Old Salts: 1910

Delray, Michigan, circa 1905. "Delray Salt Company." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Carboniferous: 1900

Carboniferous: 1900

Kingston, Pennsylvania, circa 1900. "Breaker boys at Woodward coal breaker." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Arthur Havard: 1911

Arthur Havard: 1911

January 1911. South Pittston, Pa. "Arthur Havard, a young (mule) driver. Shaft #6. Pennsylvania Coal Co." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Happy Birthday Shorpy!

Happy Birthday Shorpy!

December 1910. "Shorpy Higginbotham, a 'greaser' on the tipple at Bessie Mine, Alabama, of the Sloss-Sheffield Steel and Iron Co. Said he was 14 years old, but it is doubtful. Carries two heavy pails of grease, and is often in danger of being run over by the coal cars." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

Shorpy was born 114 years ago on November 23, 1896. After this photo was taken, he lived 17 more years until he died in a mining accident at the age of 31. This Thanksgiving, let's raise a toast to his too-short but memorable life.

 

Working Lunch: 1900

Working Lunch: 1900

Kingston, Pennsylvania, circa 1900. "Breaker boy, Woodward coal mines." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Utah Copper Co.: 1942

Utah Copper Co.: 1942

November 1942. Bingham Canyon, Utah. "Open-pit workings of the Utah Copper Company. This is the Carr Fork side, from which the company obtains huge amounts of ore. The Carr Fork bridge and main shops appear in the foreground." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger. View full size.

 

The Shaft House: 1900

The Shaft House: 1900

Kingston, Pennsylvania, circa 1900. "Woodward coal breaker, shaft house." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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