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A coal miner with the last canary to be used down underground.

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Coal miners waiting for the mantrip. Gary, McDowell County, WV. 1946. Kentuckiana Digital Library.

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This picture was taken in Blantyre October 22, 1877: the day the Blantyre mining disaster in Scotland killed 207 miners. The widows and orphans left behind were evicted by mine owners and were likely sent to poor houses.

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Hands of Appalachia....just like my coal mining grandfather...hands of leather. Wolf Coal,Kentucky

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.A miner and his family, Rhondda Valley, South Wales, 22nd June 1931. The boys in a mining village are usually only too eager to join their fathers in the pit. They go down as soon as they are old enough to work. Photograph taken by James 'Jimmy' Jarché (8 September 1890 – 6 August 1965) of the Daily Herald newspaper for a series of articles called 'In Search of Wales' written by H V Morton in 1934.

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Margaret Thatcher 'lied to miners about jobs and the extent of her plans to close pits'

Margaret Thatcher 'lied to miners about jobs and the extent of her plans to close pits' - Wales Online

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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.

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Coal miner

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KENTUCKY COAL MINERS 1930 PHOTO FUEL OIL LANTERNS COAL DUST MINING ...

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