Coal mining.I come from a coal mining family Both of my Grandfathers were coal miners in WV.
Mining Town/ Pa. The 2:45 p.m shift of coal miners riding in coal cars as they head into the mountain for the "face" (work area) in the pits, a good 45 minutes from loading spot, which means they spend an hour and half or two hrs a day in the mines for which they do not | Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt | Date taken: April 1943 | Location: Nanty Glo, PA, US | LIFE Archive - Hosted by Google
Children in the Coal Mines by Lewis Hines, Pittston PA. My grandfather William Uriah Grove was a Pittsburg Kansas Coalminer by the age of 8 and 1/2, a breaker boy. I love you grandfather your suffering is not lost on me- you were ion the mines from 1893-1927 in the USA Kansas and Missouri
Miner waiting to go to work on the 4 P.M. to midnight shift at the Virginia-Pocahontas Coal Company Mine #4 near Richlands, Virginia. The mines are open around the clock. Two shifts work in digging and bringing out the coal, the other is involved in cleanup operations. The cleanup or hoot-owl shift begins at midnight. U.S. National Archives. Photographer: Jack Corn, taken 1974.
Canary Bird in the Coal Mine ~~~ One of coal mining’s earliest systems for warning of the presence of methane gas, the canary in the coal mine, though low-tech, was extremely effective and rather easy to read: if the bird died, miners had to get out of the shaft.