Pit ponies of the coal mines are easily the most controversial working horses in history.  Here a mining horse posses with his coworkers.  In the 1960s, mechanization eliminated pit ponies altogether.

Pit ponies of the coal mines are easily the most controversial working horses in history. Here a mining horse posses with his coworkers. In the 1960s, mechanization eliminated pit ponies altogether.

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{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.

{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.

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A small poster from the miners strike of 1984-5. The pit is Abercynon Colliery South Wales.

A small poster from the miners strike of 1984-5. The pit is Abercynon Colliery South Wales.

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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' - Wales Online

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Cornish mine man-engine, used for transporting miners to and from the surface
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Inside a coal mine. Courtesy of Appanoose County Historical Society.
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Miners on way to the pithead baths after a shift at Ashington (New Moor) Colliery in Northumberland

Miners on way to the pithead baths after a shift at Ashington (New Moor) Colliery in Northumberland

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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

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