Anthracite Ghosts by Walter L. Dinteman

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.  lots of those constructions have lengthy in view that decayed. Dinteman's pictures inform the tale of good looks amid desolation, recalling the lives the folks who lived and labored within the area in its major.

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Broad shouldered laborers who walked with a slouch and stood with a stoop. Leathery work-worn faces of European cast, frequently grizzly with mustache and beard. Trousers and shirts earth-colored. Anthony Bimba Page 61 CULM BANK Mountainous waste piles of slate and rock, Black banks of coal refuse that stand Stark and forbiddingly barren, Permitting a scattering of low scrub and scrawny trees With a few black dust covered leaves. Mountainous black banks of coal refuse Some turned copper-color from fires within That burn on and on and on.

Anthony Bimba Page 61 CULM BANK Mountainous waste piles of slate and rock, Black banks of coal refuse that stand Stark and forbiddingly barren, Permitting a scattering of low scrub and scrawny trees With a few black dust covered leaves. Mountainous black banks of coal refuse Some turned copper-color from fires within That burn on and on and on. The author $5,000,000 was spent in the 1960s extinguishing nine-tenths of the internal fire in the Huber Culm Bank near Ashley. "Before the union, before they were organized, if the man at the shaft didn't like the looks of your coal, it was dumped on one of these banks.

The floor grating is the same as used to divide different size coals. Page 22 The Anthracite Act of 1870 provided that no boys under 12 years could be taken to work in the mines. The age was raised to 14 years in 1885, allowing 12-year-olds to work outside mines. A 16-year-old limit was set in 1903. "Did you like working in the mine? " I looked at his still-adolescent shoulders and thought of the sweat pouring from the brow of the mighty Archie Konncheck. "Well, when I first went to work five years ago I begun on the tipple and I sure hated that.

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