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. a lot of those constructions have lengthy for the reason that decayed. Dinteman's images inform the tale of attractiveness amid desolation, recalling the lives the folks who lived and labored within the quarter in its top.
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The young one's blood on the winter slate, No matter whose it is, stains red. And when the women watch the small lads go, Their lunch kettles touching the snow, It's not Hungarian tears they shed But tears that only mothers know. Madeline Mulveney Downry, Down on the Coal Fields, 1902 Page 60 ''Mining has rarely been carried on except by pioneers or slaves. It has always been colored by the spirit of discovery and adventure. "John L. Lewis, 1925, President of the United Mine Workers of America for many years I sat down on the steps and surveyed the group of men.
Heidelberg Breaker, Avoca; demolished in 1972. Page 18 View from a breaker. shoveling, a stoppage of coal had piled up against the traps that open readily to release it into freight cars below. The work had been tiring and dangerous. Boys had been known to have lost their footing and to slide down with the sudden release of the coal. Some had been pulled out in time; a few had been smothered to death in the loaded freight car. Maude Morgan Thomas, Singing in the Dark Page 19 Taken from school ere his course is half ended, Sent to the breaker where danger is rife; There, in its gloom, his young strength is expended: There is he dwarfed in the morning of life Poor little Cracker Boy!
Billy Ed Wheeler, "Ain't Goin' Home Soon," Voices From the Mountains Page 54 Bitter was the miner's life. In his sayings and songs he cursed it. There's one thing I'll tell you and don't you forget That your back with the droppers is all wringing wet, Your clothes they are soaking, your shoes are wet through, Oh! never be a miner whatever you do. Anthony Bimba When I was a boy in Scranton, The coal train run by my door. Now it's sittin' in the steam museum, no more smoking. The Delaware & Lackawanna train don't stop here no more.
Anthracite Ghosts by Walter L. Dinteman