Photographer of the Mines: Pottsville’s George Bretz

First in a series about the photographer and his work We have shared a number of heartbreaking photographs of breaker boys taken by visitors to the Anthracite Region on our Facebook page and we even did an initial blog post on such an image. Binding to our cultural memory, these images have been valuable to understanding…

A Plane Engineering Feat: Facts, Photos and Film of the Mahanoy Plane

  We’ve written before about Mahanoy Plane and we’ve even done a popular Facebook post.   What makes this post so different? Well, we hope we can give you, our dedicated readers, as much information about engineering of the plane. In a future post, we will be moving onto important people, events, buildings, and so on. For…

Happy Anniversary, Anthracite Coal Region!

December 1, 2014 marked the one year anniversary of the founding of the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. It all started on Facebook with a collection of images and comments. But of course, it all REALLY started offline when family, friends, neighbors, and community members have shared stories and exchanged ideas. On Facebook we…

United 624 Crash in Wilburton, PA June 17, 1948

by Melissa R. Meade Who was on the plane? How close did it come to the colliery? Who took the photographs of the crash scene that were circulated in the Associated Press? The interest in our page’s coverage of the United Airline’s 1948 crash in the coal patch town of Wilburton, Pennsylvania has been overwhelming.…

The Mahanoy Plane, Patch Towns, and Company Scrip

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This image is one of a series and in it, we see the foot of the inclined plane railroad that transported coal from the Mahanoy Plane valley up the Broad Mountain to Frackville. It opened in 1862 and it was part of the Reading Railroad system. The plane closed in 1932. Partial ruins remain in…

“In the Dust of the Coal Breaker”

“In The Dust of the Coal Breaker” is the title of this 1907 postcard issued by the Pennsylvania Child Labor Committee in conjunction with the National Child Labor Committee. The cards were used to publicize the deplorable conditions faced by child labor. This card was No. 11 in the series, and it shows clean-faced Pennsylvania…