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{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

{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.

WV coal miner. The companies valued the ponies more than they valued their men.  Animals cost money to replace......

WV coal miner. The companies valued the ponies more than they valued their men. Animals cost money to replace......

"Miners going down shaft of Coal Mine", a postcard depicting Pennsylvania coal miners, ca. 1907

"Miners going down shaft of Coal Mine", a postcard depicting Pennsylvania coal miners, ca. 1907

Kentucky Coal Miner - I was born a coal miner's granddaughter! Love you, grandpa!

Kentucky Coal Miner - I was born a coal miner's granddaughter! Love you, grandpa!

Hard Day At Coal Mining Using the 16 Pound Sledge Hammer, Breaking Up Coal For Loading Coal Cars

Hard Day At Coal Mining Using the 16 Pound Sledge Hammer, Breaking Up Coal For Loading Coal Cars

COAL MINER'S PRAYER - Miner - Hillbilly Proud - High Coal - Coal Mine - Coal Miner Retirement - Coal Miner Memorial - Tribute

COAL MINER'S PRAYER - Miner - Hillbilly Proud - High Coal - Coal Mine - Coal Miner Retirement - Coal Miner Memorial - Tribute

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A coal miner and his daughter. This photo was taken by talented photographer Natalie Franklin.

A coal miner and his daughter. This photo was taken by talented photographer Natalie Franklin.

Coal miners bucket- Just like my Daddy's! He always had a special treat in it for me!!!

Coal miners bucket- Just like my Daddy's! He always had a special treat in it for me!!!

Three Welsh Coal Miners Just Up from the Pits After a Day's Work in Coal Mine in Wales

Three Welsh Coal Miners Just Up from the Pits After a Day's Work in Coal Mine in Wales

Coal miners picking out "impurities" before the coal is processes. Before the child labor laws, much of this work was done by boys.

Coal miners picking out "impurities" before the coal is processes. Before the child labor laws, much of this work was done by boys.

Coal Miner in Harlan County, Ky, My favorite missionaries live and work here.

Coal Miner in Harlan County, Ky, My favorite missionaries live and work here.