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The tradition of documentary photography in the United States stretches back for almost 150 years. Matthew Brady documented the death and destruction of the Civil War; at the turn of the twentieth century, Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine photographed…

Image: Machine Shop, Glace Bay, 1959. Shop personnel in front and on top of the Dosco Continuous Miner.

Oral History: After the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company closed down its underground mines in 1954, two small companies leased mines and breakers and attempted to continue mining in the Panther Valley. They could not survive and in 1960 the Lanscoal Company began…

Image: Filming the "Molly Maguires" II



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Image: Then don't refuse the miner lad, The crust of bread -- his prayer! Beneath that blackest face of his, He hides a heart as fair! The toil of his bare brawny arms, All, all our hearts and houses warm!

Image: I work in the mines where the sun never shines, Nor daylight does ever appear;

Image: When I went to the breaker first I was very young, My mother was left with a family and I the only son; My father he was taken, I hope his soul's at rest --He was crushed to death by a fall of coal while working in his breast.

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Image: Little I thought when I grew old and mining could do no more, I'd go back to the breaker where I spent my days before. This world is full of trouble, hardship, care and strife, It's twice a boy and once a man, is a poor miner's life.

Image: When daylight comes I go to work, When dark I go to bed, The money that my labor earns, Keeps us in meat and bread. Poor father he was killed one day, Yet mother for him pines, And that is why you see me here.

Image: Ah! here I am a miner's son from the coal fields of P.A. Ah! here I am a miner's son from the coal fields far away.



Image: Last of the coal mined in No. 9 mine, June 22, 1972

Image: Mike Sabron and buddies, drinking beer after work, No. 9 mine

Image: Group of miners singing after work


Image: Miners relaxing in carved-out shanty in gangway of No.9 mine

Image: Contract miners at work, sixth level, Coaldale No.8

Image: Two contract miners working at the face

Image: LC&N miners coming up in cage after sitdown strike

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Image: Miner's clothing hanging in wash shanty, No.8 colliery

Image: Three mineworkers who repaired cage and secured loose timbers

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Image: Miners eating lunch, sixth level, No.8 colliery

Image: Two miners long-hole drilling in No.6 mine

Image: Two miners in No.8, Mammoth Vein

Image: Two miners drilling into the face of Mammoth Vein

Image: Miners coming to surface following a shift at No.6 mine

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