{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.

B. Brandt. Coal miners' houses without windows to the street (East Durham), 1937

Bill Brandt

B. Brandt. Coal miners' houses without windows to the street (East Durham), 1937

Three Welsh coal miners just up from the pits after a day's work in coal mine in Wales, photo by W. Eugene Smith

Three Welsh coal miners just up from the pits after a day's work in coal mine in Wales, photo by W. Eugene Smith

Coal man delivering coal. Most people had coal bunkers in their back gardens where the coal man emptied the sacks of coal.

Coal man delivering coal. Most people had coal bunkers in their back gardens where the coal man emptied the sacks of coal.

Cornish mine man-engine, used for transporting miners to and from the surface

Cornish mine man-engine, used for transporting miners to and from the surface

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

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

Coal Mining Pictures - Where The coal miner worked and where he lived

Coal Mining Pictures - Where The coal miner worked and where he lived

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