{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.

Working Lunch: Kingston, Pennsylvania, circa 1900. "Breaker boy, Woodward coal mines." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Working Lunch: Kingston, Pennsylvania, circa 1900. "Breaker boy, Woodward coal mines." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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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.

What you see here is a man operating a roof bolter underground at ICG's mine in Philippi, West Virginia. Description from bokertov.typepad.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

What you see here is a man operating a roof bolter underground at ICG's mine in Philippi, West Virginia. Description from bokertov.typepad.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

CLICK HERE TO ENTER the Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania.  Photo is An unknown Coal Mine in Western PA. (Courtesy of th...

CLICK HERE TO ENTER the Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania. Photo is An unknown Coal Mine in Western PA. (Courtesy of th...

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