Tag: mine labor

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…

The Mahanoy Plane, Patch Towns, and Company Scrip

women in the anthracite coal region, women's work, women's labor, slatepickers

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…