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The waterwheel at Atlas Tin Mine in the Bovey Tracey area, around 1900 (Tom Greeves collection)


Miner Boy: Children were cheap labor in the mines. This boy spent 10 hours a day in that outfit with only the light from that tallow wick lamp. He cleaned played the part of a "canary" (kids were easier to replace than good miners). He was probably Finnish or Swedish indentured to the company for the purpose of paying his fathers debts. The unions fought bloody battles to get these children out of the coal mines. This little guy worked ( likely died) in Utah or Colorado mines / Scott…