Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (vicinity). Montour no. 4 mine of the Pittsburgh Coal Company. Miners at lunch in the bean hole.

By Mark McConville

 

INCREDIBLE images showing coal miners in Pennsylvania have surfaced a week after President Trump opened the first coal mine in the US in ten years in the state.

The striking pictures show miners preparing to go into the mine and resurfacing after a long shift as well as enjoying their lunch deep underground.

A soldier wears a miners’ cap and lamp before he descends the shaft into the mine.

Other black and white shots show miners and soldiers imparting wisdom to each other as the army joined the miners for anthracite rallies in Eastern Pennsylvania in 1942 as part of a war production drive.

Soldiers taught a coal miner how to operate a machine gun at an anthracite rally, one of four held in Eastern Pennsylvania from September 28th through October.

The photographs were taken at several mines in the state of Pennsylvania, USA in 1943 as World War Two raged on.

Pittsburgh (vicinity), Pennsylvania. Montour Number Four mine of the Pittsburgh Coal Company. Miners in the room where lamps are kept.

President Donald Trump opened a new coal mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania on Thursday 8th June – the first to open in America in ten years.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (vicinity). Montour no. 4 mine of the Pittsburgh Coal Company. Miners coming off shift.

Corsa Coal Corporation will operate the mine and it is expected to supply coal used in making steel and generate between 70 and 100 full time jobs.

Production posters displayed on mine locations urge miners to turn out more hard coal.

The President will certainly be hoping the work ethic will match that of the miners during the war who strived to mine enough hard coal to support the US war effort.

Coal mining is serious business, an army sergeant learns from two anthracite miners as they prepare to descend into the mine.

Production posters were displayed on mine locations in 1943 to urge miners to turn out more hard coal.

A fighting tool of the production front is this pneumatic drill that anthracite miners use to produce hard coal. Servicemen learned how anthracite is mined.

Other snaps show how soldiers taught a coal miner how to operate a machine gun at an anthracite rally while miners returned the favour as they showed a soldier that the fighting tool of the production front is the pneumatic drill that anthracite miners used to produce hard coal. Servicemen learned how anthracite is mined.

No jeep, this underground car in a Pennsylvania anthracite mine. Soldiers learned how hard coal is mined at the anthracite miners’ rallies held in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Smiling with pleasure, a coal miner is also pictured reading the paycheck enclosure which explains the importance to the war effort of all-out production.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (vicinity). Montour no. 4 mine of the Pittsburgh Coal Company. Miners waiting to go underground.

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