By Walter L. Dinteman
Walter Dinteman wandered the coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1973, photographic the continues to be of the anthracite coal industry. lots of those structures have lengthy because decayed. Dinteman's images inform the tale of attractiveness amid desolation, recalling the lives the folk who lived and labored within the zone in its top.
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He passed the worst place on his way back to the foot of the shaft, but had not gone far when he was overcome by the smoke. He was found some little time afterwards by rescuers and taken to the hospital in the mines, where they worked over him for hours and so critical was his condition that it was not until late this afternoon that they could bring him to the surface. Carried from the mine carriage to the office, where he was propped up in a big chair packed with blankets, he was able to tell in some detail of the horrors of the tragedy underground.
For this work I was paid 75 cents per day. Fred Mooney, Struggle in the Coal Fields, 1967 Page 35 Page 38 I'm a hard working man, you can see by my hands, Although I am friendly and free. A dollar a day is very small pay For a man with a large family. I work in the mines where the sun never shines Nor daylight does ever appear; With me lamp blazing red on the top of my head, And in danger I never know fear. Just think of the poor man who works in the mines With the mules and the rats underground; Where the smoke is so thick you can cut it with a stick, And can weigh it on scales by the pound.
Murphy, For the Dutchman next door tells me straight That the mines will start full-time on Monday. That's what he tells me 'tanny rate. Sure, the boss, he says, told him this morning As he was 'bout entering the mine, That the coal is quite scarce roun' 'bout New York So the rumors is work full time. Con Corban, 1880s Page 40 When I raised my family in Chattaroy Holler The coal train run right by my door. Now it's sittin' in the yard all rusty and empty And the N&W train don't stop here no more.
Anthracite Ghosts by Walter L. Dinteman