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.

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

Cefn Coed Colliery, 1926 - this is how the men were taken down the mine shaft to work.

Cefn Coed Colliery, 1926 - this is how the men were taken down the mine shaft to work.

A teenager miner in Horden heads home after finishing his shift.

Amazing pictures give rare glimpse of 1960s mining communities

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