By Walter L. Dinteman
Walter Dinteman wandered the coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1973, photographic the continues to be of the anthracite coal industry. lots of those structures have lengthy seeing that decayed. Dinteman's images inform the tale of attractiveness amid desolation, recalling the lives the folks who lived and labored within the zone in its best.
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I Went to Pit College. New York: Viking, 1934. Gillespie, Angus K. Folklorist of the Coal Fields, George Korson's Life and Works. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1980. Greene, Homer. The Blind Brother: A Story of the Pennsylvania Coal Mines. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1887. Husband, Joseph. A Year in a Coal Mine. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1911. Korson, G. G. Minstrels of the Mine Patch. : Folklore Associates, 1964. Lantz, Herman R. People of Coal Town. New York: Columbia University Press, 1958.
S. Industrial Revolution hard coal replaced wood as a conventional fuel, and by 1865 nearly 12 million tons were being produced yearly. Anthracite's Golden Age was the decade 19101920. Peak employment in 1914 was 180,000. Production peaked in 1917 at 100 million tons. During the next fifty years, coal was gradually displaced as cheaper oil made inroads into the market. In 1930, 151,000 employees produced 69 million tons of anthracite. Only 7 million tons were produced in 1970. At one time there were 315 large anthracite mines in Pennsylvania.
From Carbondale through the Lackawanna Valley to Taylor, on down the line to WilkesBarre, Hazelton, Eckley, Shenandoah, Shamokin, and way points, the photographer has walked among the ghosts of men long gone from the face and the tipple. "As you walk around these places," he says, "you find the ghosts everywhere. In the wash house, for instance, there'll be a pair of tattered trousers or a clothes basket with one shoe in it hanging from the wall. One thing that moved me was a stretcher, its canvas all rotten and tattered, leaning against a wall, a reminder of the high number of fatal accidents in coal mining.
Anthracite Ghosts by Walter L. Dinteman