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Cutting machine in operation at the Pocahontas Exhibition mine, Pocahontas Va. on the Norfolk and Western Railway. 'Permission is granted to reproduce this photograph only on condition that all reproduction shall bear the following credit line: Photograph by Norfolk and Western Railway.'
Miner running a continuous mining machine.
Two miners work with a machine to undercut coal.
Miners drill two or more holes into coal to place the explosive charges.
Miner operating a loading machine outside of a mine.
'This very coarse lumpy mine run coal is the result of proper shooting. The miner is paid on a tonnage basis for loading this coal into mine cars. He is required to watch his coal carefully as he loads it and see that no impurities become mixed with the coal.'
Two dogs harnessed to coal carts. About 1890, Ohio Coal Mine. This photograph is the property of Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal Co.
Miners at work. 'Mountaineer Coal Co., Division of Consolidation Coal Co.'
Miner works with cutting machine at Jamison No. 9 mine.
Miner in the process of placing charges into the coal seam at Bishop Mine.
Two miners work with a cutting machine at Pursglove No. 15.
Two miners working to support the roof in the Itmann Coal Co. mine. <br /><br />
Two miners operate a cutting machine. 'Credit must be given to Willaim Vandivert, 21 East Tenth St., New York 3, N.Y., Not to be reproduced without written liscense.'
A very large cutting machine being operated by a miner. 'Credit must be given to William Vandivert, Not to be reproduced without written liscense.
Three miners hard at work as coal comes down a conveyor.  Copyright Photo by William Vandivert, 21 East Tenth Street, New York 3, N. Y.
Two miners standing next to drilling machine.
Miner riding on tram with one car spraying something onto the land around the tram. Kanawha County Geological Survey.
Miner putting bolts into the roof of a mine for support.
Miner using a 11 BU loading machine at Jamison No. 9. Stonega Coke and Coal.
'All White Oak mines are electrically equipped and of course this mining machine is operated by electricity. The machine is mounted and transported on a specially designed truck and moves under its own power from one working place to another. It is taken from the truck by the machine operator and his helper and moved to the place of the coal and place in cutting position as you see it in this picture. The machine consists of an endless chain with 'bits' inserted, which act as cutters. The machine cuts a 'kerf' or hole along the bottom of the coal about 4 inches high and extending back six feet under the coal. The fine coal made by this machine is what is commonly known as 'bug dust.' Cutting machines are operated at night and each machine is capable of cutting twenty places on each shift. These machines are operated on tonnage basis and these operators earn high wages.'
Miner waiting for shuttle car to be loaded.
Man in tram car in mine in the Winifrede Coal Seam, Kanawha County, W. Va. 'Geological Survey.'
'White Oak preparation begins when the machine leaves and the miner is ready to shoot down his coal. The shooting inspector on the left has not only located the hole for the miner to drill, but instructed him as to what angle he must bore his hole to contain the necessary explosive used in dislodging the coal from the seam. The kerf made by the cutting machine is plaining visible in this picture and you will note the cuttings of bug dust have been removed before the coal is shot. The length of the auger used by the miner and the width of the bit which determines the size of the hole bored, is also carefully regulated.'
Miner placing boards in Cavalier Mine No. 206.
A miner works on a piece of machinery on the interior of the mine. John Williams, Coal Life Project.
Two miners work on putting in roof bolts in the Pittsburgh Seam. Timber jack used to hold the roof while bolting.
Two miners work on filling up a coal tram car. John Williams, Coal Life Project.
A miner is driving a battery powered shuttle car that is self unloading to the loading station.
Two miners pose for a picture beside railroad tracks.
Miners using a cutting machine at Mine 32, Consolidation Coal Co.
Miner putting bolts into the roof of a mine for support.
Miners operating a cutting machine.
'Safety first is stressed in every possible way in White Oak mines. Note the posts set to protect this man at his labor. He is waiting for another mine car so he can clean up his work place and make it ready for the mining machine crew who will cut it during the night ready for him to work tomorrow.'
Miners use large drill to place charges in holes deep in the coal. 'William Vandivert, Not to be reproduced without written liscense.'
Miners stand next to a large locomotive at Jamison No. 9.
A miner is operating a cutting machine at the Price Hill Colliery Co. mine
Two miners drill before placing charges.
Miner works at unloading a shuttle car into an elevator.
Miner stands on pile of coal ready to be loaded and sent out of mine.
'A very small cutting machine or a v.m. drilling machine. Probably a cutting machine'
Miner using a very small cutting machine.
Group of miners attempt to realign the wheels of a coal car with the tracks in the mine. John Williams, Coal Life Project
Miner placing boards down near coal seam at Cavalier Mine No. 206.
A Joy 10 RU preparing to cut US Royal Cable at Jamison No. 9.  Stonega Coke and Coal.
An 11BU loading machine and a Joy Shuttle car at Jamison No. 9.  Stonega Coke and Coal.
Miner drilling a hole for explosives at the Bishop Mine, Pocahontas Fuel Co.
Two miners at work drilling into a wall of coal. John Williams, Coal Life Project.
Miner operating a Joy loading machine.
Miners on an electric locomotive used in hauling mine cars.
Miners and filled coal cars at the Scale House, Crane Creek Mine.
'West Virginia has produced 20 percent of all the coal mined in the United States since 1800, a survey shows. The survey, by the Bituminous Coal Institute, also showed that during the 20 years from 1930 through 1949, West Virginia led all states in soft coal production. Picture courtesy of the W. Va. Dept. of Labor.'
Miner operating a Joy continuous mining machine.
Man tests for gas at the Jamison No. 9 Mine.
A miner watches as coal is loaded into mine cars from a shuttle car.
'Interior mine scene shows men using the lard oil miner's lamp and the use of horses as well as mules. New England Mine.'
'Shuttle Cars: Here are pictured loaded and empty shuttle cars sometimes called buggies. Note the noveyor on the bottom of the empty car for unloading the coal at a central loading station, into the mine cars. This equipment is propelled by huge batteries or electric cable and of course requires no track. Track-mounted mechanical loaders load directly into the mine car.'
Miner operating a loading machine.
Miners examine coal on conveyor belt.
Miner tests for gas in mine.
Group portrait of miners standing with horses in a mine.
'All White Oak mines are electrically equipped and of course this mining machine is operated by electricity. The machine is mounted and transported on a specially designed truck and moves under its own power from one working place to another. It is taken from the truck by the machine operator and his helper and moved to the place of the coal and placed in cutting position as you see in this picture. The machine consists of an endless chain with bits inserted, which act as cutters. The machine cuts a kerf or hole along the bottom of the coal about 4 feet and extending back six feet under the coal. The fine coal made by this machine is what is commonly known as bug dust. Cutting machines are operated at night and each machine is capable of cutting twenty places on each shift. These machines are operated on tonnage basis and these operators earn high wages.'
Miner works at the control panel at Jamison No. 9.
Miners operating mining equipment at Thomas, W. Va. mine.
Two miners work with a Joy roof bolt drill at Jamison No. 9.
Two miners put bolts in to the mine rood at Jamison No. 9.
Miner tests for gas in mine.
Two miners dust the rocks at Consol Mine No. 207 for safety.
Miner drilling holes for explosives at Jamison No. 9.
A miner working with machinery on the exterior of a mine.
'Charge being placed in the hole; notice preparatory cut in the center.'
Miner putting bolts into the roof of a mine for support.
Miner operating the Railroad car loading control panel.
Miner operating a Joy loading machine.
Miner standing over a mechanical loader at the Winifrede Seam, Sycamore Coal Co. Cinderella Mine, Mingo Co., W. Va.
Two miners work with a mining machine. 'Compliments of Jeffrey Manufacturing Co.' John Williams, Coal Life Project.
A modern coal cutting machine in operation at Bishop Mine.
Miner using machine to cut coal.
Two miners dust the side walls of Mine No. 207 for safety.
Miner speaking in microphone at control board at Jamison No. 9.
Group portrait of miners and horses inside a mine. 'Dr. Parkinson said a copy of this picture appeared in Natural Geographic's Pictorical Study of Appalachia.'
'Machine, helper and crew. 350 tons a day, per 8 hour shift.'
A miner at work placing a charge.
Miner at control board at Jamison No. 9.
Two miners work on a seam, one with a pick, the other with a shovel.
Two miners test for gas in mine. Hamilton Wright Organization Inc.  80 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, 'Newspaper Feature News' This photograph released to you GRATIS for editorial use only. Do not use for advertising purpose without written permission.
Two miners at Pursglove No. 15 cut coal preparatory to shooting it down for loading.
Miner operating a Joy Loading Machine. '180 tons a day.'
Miner setting charges at Jamison No. 9.
Unknown miner sitting down outside of the mine. 'Please credit Farm Security Administration for Photo.
A miner operating an electric shuttle car filled with coal.
Miner works with coke ovens while a loading machine fills railroad cars.
Two miners next to an electric locomotive.
Miner with drilling machine at Jamison No. 9.