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{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

Documenting 'Dirty' Jobs: Miners At Work

{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

WV coal miner. The companies valued the ponies more than they valued their men.  Animals cost money to replace......

WV coal miner. The companies valued the ponies more than they valued their men. Animals cost money to replace......

Woman Coal Miner, 1890 by mcrarchives, via Flickr

Woman Coal Miner, 1890 by mcrarchives, via Flickr

"Miners going down shaft of Coal Mine", a postcard depicting Pennsylvania coal miners, ca. 1907

"Miners going down shaft of Coal Mine", a postcard depicting Pennsylvania coal miners, ca. 1907

Kentucky Coal Miner - I was born a coal miner's granddaughter! Love you, grandpa!

Kentucky Coal Miner - I was born a coal miner's granddaughter! Love you, grandpa!

Hard Day At Coal Mining Using the 16 Pound Sledge Hammer, Breaking Up Coal For Loading Coal Cars

Hard Day At Coal Mining Using the 16 Pound Sledge Hammer, Breaking Up Coal For Loading Coal Cars

COAL MINER'S PRAYER - Granite

COAL MINER'S PRAYER - Miner - Hillbilly Proud - High Coal - Coal Mine - Coal Miner Retirement - Coal Miner Memorial - Tribute

COAL MINER'S PRAYER - Granite

A coal miner and his daughter. This photo was taken by talented photographer Natalie Franklin.

A coal miner and his daughter. This photo was taken by talented photographer Natalie Franklin.

Coal-miner's bath, Chester le Street, Durham, 1937 - Bill Brandt.

Coal-miner's bath, Chester le Street, Durham, 1937 - Bill Brandt.

Coal miners bucket- Just like my Daddy's! He always had a special treat in it for me!!!

Coal miners bucket- Just like my Daddy's! He always had a special treat in it for me!!!

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