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    Women Coal Miners, 1890 by mcrarchives, via Flickr

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    • Na'ama Yehuda

      Women Coal Miners, 1890 Can't imagine mining coal in a dress. The difficulties of life were immense.

    • Ingrid McBurnie

      Women Coal Miners, 1890....Good to know. Never knew women worked in the mines. Is there anything we can't do????

    • Bethany Ann

      Women Coal Miners, 1890. OP: I'm surprised, my father told me in the 60's that everyone believed women were bad luck in the mines.

    • debbie pollin

      Women Coal Miners, 1890 by mcrarchives, via Flickr #Appalachia #Heaven i hope they are not wearing dresses?wow

    • Pam Soukup

      Women Coal Miners, 1890 Can't imagine mining coal in a dress. The things women have had to do!

    • Heather Ross

      Women Coal Miners, 1890 by mcrarchives, via Flickr--pretty comfy work outfits!

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      Women Coal Miners, 1890 by mcrarchives, via Flickr #Appalachia #Heaven

    • Nita Marquez

      Women Coal Miners, 1890 - frame & put in fitness room

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      Women Coal Miners, 1890

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