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A miner is driving a battery powered shuttle car that is self unloading to the loading station.
Miner putting bolts into the roof of a mine for support.
Miner putting bolts into the roof of a mine for support.
Miner putting bolts into the roof of a mine for support.
Miner stands on pile of coal ready to be loaded and sent out of mine.
Miner placing boards in Cavalier Mine No. 206.
'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 tests for gas in mine.
Miner tests for gas in mine.
Miner tests for gas in mine.
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.
Man tests for gas at the Jamison No. 9 Mine.
Two miners pose for a picture beside railroad tracks.
'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.'
Group portrait of miners standing with horses in a mine.
Group of miners attempt to realign the wheels of a coal car with the tracks in the mine. John Williams, Coal Life Project
Miner in the process of placing charges into the coal seam at Bishop Mine.
Miners examine coal on conveyor belt.
Miners operating a cutting machine.
Miner operating a loading machine.
Miner operating a Joy Loading Machine. '180 tons a day.'
Miner operating a Joy loading machine.
Miner operating a Joy loading machine.
Miner operating a Joy continuous mining machine.
Two miners work with a machine to undercut coal.
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.'
Two miners at Pursglove No. 15 cut coal preparatory to shooting it down for loading.
Two miners work on putting in roof bolts in the Pittsburgh Seam. Timber jack used to hold the roof while bolting.
Two miners next to an electric locomotive.
Two miners put bolts in to the mine rood at Jamison No. 9.
Man in tram car in mine in the Winifrede Coal Seam, Kanawha County, W. Va. 'Geological Survey.'
A very large cutting machine being operated by a miner. 'Credit must be given to William Vandivert, Not to be reproduced without written liscense.
'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.'
Miners on an electric locomotive used in hauling mine cars.
Miners stand next to a large locomotive at Jamison No. 9.
'An Electric Locomotive: Good dependable motive power is just as necessary in a coal mine as on a railroad. This picture shows on of White Oak's ten ton electric locomotives used to haul loads and distrubute empties in our mines. A crew consists of a motorman and brakeman, or trip rider, who pull loads from the working places to convenient sidings where they are picked up by main line locomotives, who haul to the tipple or shaft bottom. A large producing mine uses fifteen and twenty locomotives and five hundred mine cars in maintaining production.'
'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.'
Miners at work. 'Mountaineer Coal Co., Division of Consolidation Coal Co.'
Miner placing boards down near coal seam at Cavalier Mine No. 206.
A miner working with machinery on the exterior of a mine.
Miner operating the Railroad car loading control panel.
Miners and filled coal cars at the Scale House, Crane Creek Mine.
A miner watches as coal is loaded into mine cars from a shuttle car.
Miner operating a loading machine outside of a mine.
Miner standing over a mechanical loader at the Winifrede Seam, Sycamore Coal Co. Cinderella Mine, Mingo Co., W. Va.