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A coal miner with the last canary to be used down underground.

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Coal miners waiting for the mantrip. Gary, McDowell County, WV. 1946. Kentuckiana Digital Library.

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Documenting 'Dirty' Jobs: Miners At Work

{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

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WV coal miner. The companies valued the ponies more than they valued their men. Animals cost money to replace......

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Eight year old coal miner, USA, early 1900’s. My grandparents had to quit school at age 7 and 9 to go to work.

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Coal mining vintage photo. Getting coal out of a "COALBANK" as they were called. A little cave on their own land,that was full of coal.

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Kentucky Coal Miners....1902. My great grandfather died in this year, in Breathitt County, KY. It was a very violent time, full of crime and poverty. I don't even have a photo of him.

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Hands of Appalachia....just like my coal mining grandfather...hands of leather. Wolf Coal,Kentucky

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