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Coal Mining Art (Heritage Week) from Mary

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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

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Miner & his family, Rhondda Valley, South Wales, 1931

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from Telegraph.co.uk

Protect ponies from misery and toil down the mines

A young Welsh miner sitting in a mine, feeding a pit pony

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

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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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from NPR.org

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.

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Britannia mine gravity-fed concentrator mill, Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada. Former working mine converted into a mining museum.

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

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