By Walter L. Dinteman
Walter Dinteman wandered the coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1973, photographic the is still of the anthracite coal industry. a lot of those constructions have lengthy because decayed. Dinteman's photos inform the tale of attractiveness amid desolation, recalling the lives the folks who lived and labored within the quarter in its leading.
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I Went to Pit College. New York: Viking, 1934. Gillespie, Angus K. Folklorist of the Coal Fields, George Korson's Life and Works. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1980. Greene, Homer. The Blind Brother: A Story of the Pennsylvania Coal Mines. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1887. Husband, Joseph. A Year in a Coal Mine. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1911. Korson, G. G. Minstrels of the Mine Patch. : Folklore Associates, 1964. Lantz, Herman R. People of Coal Town. New York: Columbia University Press, 1958.
Laura Gilfillan, I Went to Pit College, 1934 "The dust is bad. It is dirty. You have never seen anything like it until you go down inside one of those holes. This type of work kills a man. I know I started in when I was nine years old at 45 cents a day. This coal mining, though, becomes a part of you. Despite the bad part, it is attractive to you. It just becomes a habit you can't live without it. " Herman Lantz, People of Coal Town, 1958 "Well, that's what I liked about the coal mines was that on hot days like this, you were down there and you didn't have to suffer the heat.
Page 73 Marvin Colliery, Scranton, 1971. Page 74 During the thirteen years between 1862 and 1875, there were 142 unsolved homicides and 212 felonious assaults in Schuylkill County. Many of the victims were mine superintendents, foremen, or colliery supervisors, who had incurred the wrath of a Molly Maguire or a friend of a Molly. There never was any doubt that the operators of coal mines drove the hardest possible bargain; miners worked long hours, lived in squalor, died hungry, and their children lived without hope.
Anthracite Ghosts by Walter L. Dinteman