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

{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.

Only one of eight collieries in Nottinghamshire is still in operation. What will happen to the region's coal mining heritage?

Only one of eight collieries in Nottinghamshire is still in operation. What will happen to the region's coal mining heritage?

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

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

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 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.

An art exhibition depicting memories of Yorkshire coal mining opens near Wakefield.

Artist Michael Milner's Yorkshire mining memories

An art exhibition depicting memories of Yorkshire coal mining opens near Wakefield.

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