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Another view of the Coalfield Company Store, 1800's

Another view of the Coalfield Company Store,

Crammed into a coal mine elevator, coming up after a day of work. Belgian Coal Miners circa 1900

Crammed into a coal mine elevator, coming up after a day of work

Coal miners crammed into a coal mine elevator, coming up after a day of work. They aren't even standing up. (My father-in-law was a coal miner for many years.

Three Welsh coal miners just up from the pits after a day's work in coal mine in Wales, photo by W. Eugene Smith

Three Welsh coal miners just up from the pits after a day's work in coal mine in Wales, photo by W. Eugene Smith - coal dust all over their faces!

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

A coal miner with the last canary to be used down underground. Canaries were used in the coal mines, to detect methane gas. If the canary died, the miners knew they had to leave or they would die as well.

Japan’s Shime coal mine, abandoned for over half a century.

Shime Mine Tower Known to some as the ‘Anti-Zombie Fortress’. It has become a popular destination for haiyako, a fairly recent trend of urban exploration with a focus in abandoned ruins and photography.

Child Labor at the coal mine - turn of the century.

Child Labor at the coal mine - turn of the century. Another example of the need for child labor laws.

inside a coal mine courtesy of appanoose county historical society 1763x1177 Coal Mine History

inside a coal mine courtesy of appanoose county historical society Coal Mine History

Coal Seams, they stretch on for 20 mi. Usibelli Coal Mine, Healy, AK, in the mtns of the Alaska Range

These massive coal layers are clear evidence of a global catastrophe that killed everything (except 8 on a boat). Coal Seams, they stretch on for 20 mi. Usibelli Coal Mine, Healy, AK, in the mtns of the Alaska Range.

{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.

Documenting 'Dirty' Jobs: Miners At Work

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

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