Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs

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The Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company was the largest producer of anthracite coal in the United States from 1871 through the 1920s. This collection primarily shows the company's operation in Locust Summit near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, and comprises 86 photographs that detail the steps of mining and processing anthracite coal. Click here for a detailed description of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs collection. Image: Fuel from the Depths. Click to view.

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Center of Reading Anthracite's Operating Organization
Regional headquarters of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. are located in this Office Building at 200 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, Pa., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
An Anthracite Mining Patch
A Typical Group of miners homes in the Reading Anthracite Region. These Houses are built and maintained by the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. and are leased at low rentals., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Modern Mining Concentration
The new preliminary cleaner plant at Locust Gap, built of steel and concrete, operated by electric power, and sending its product to the world's largest breaker at Locust Summit, Pa., for final preparation., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Reading Anthracite Colliery Center
A Colliery operation near Mt. Carmel, Pa., electrically equipped, and with high speed automatic machinery for dumping coal cars into the cleaner plant at the left., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The New Generation of Anthracite Miners
A typical group of Reading Anthracite miners waiting to go on duty. Most of them are the second or third generations of miners in Pennsylvania's Anthracite counties. Many are High School graduates and hundreds attend the Company's Night Mining Schools to prepare themselves for promotion in the Company's services., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Miner's Helmet
Reminiscent of the Trench Helmet used by American Troops in the World War, is this Safety Hat worn by the Superintendent of Alaska Colliery. He sets the example for the 1,000 miners who work under his direction, by wearing the safety equipment prescribed by the Company for its employees., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Entrance to a Reading Anthracite Mine
These miners are shown aboard a 'Gun Boat' descending by an inclined slope into one of the mines of The Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Bottom at a Reading Anthracite Colliery
Miners arriving at the bottom of a slope in Henry Clay Colliery, shoulder their tools and start toward their working places., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Testing for Gas
Before a miner is allowed to enter his working place, the Fire Boss thoroughly inspects it and makes tests for gas of any other dangerous conditions. The Fire Boss in the picture is shown using the Safety Lamp which immediately reveals the presence of gas., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Hospital in a Reading Anthracite Mine
Well equipped Hospital facilities are maintained in the Mines of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company for use in case of accident. This Hospital is hewn out of the rock in the depths of The Burnside Colliery., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Old Time Mining Methods
A miner is here shown illustrating the old time method of boring holes in the face of a coal seam for the explosive charge used to loosen it. This apparatus is suspended by electric or other power drills. Many other aids have been furnished to the miner to improve the speed and efficiency of his work., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Face of a Coal Seam
A Rich vein of coal exposed at a working place in a Reading Anthracite Mine. This coal seam is steeply pitched, following the contour of the mountains beneath which it has been buried for ages., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Reading Anthracite Miners at Work
A group of miners at work a thousand feet below the earth's surface., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Miner's Using Modern Equipment
A Miner is shown operating a high power electric drill which rapidly bores deep holes for the explosive charges which break loose the coal buried deeply beneath the mountains., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cutting Anthracite by Electricity
Miners using machines like this cut slots under the coal and the blast it down in large quantities. The machine has a motor driven revolving chain, armed with sharp teeth, which saw a slot six feet deep very rapidly., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
A Coal Cutting Machine
View showing the cutting teeth of the machine which saws deep slots in the coal face to facilitate the mining of famous Reading Anthracite., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Air Driven Drilling Machine
This miner is using a Pneumatic Drill to bore into the face of the coal. Powder charges are place in the holes and exploded, breaking the coal into lumps for transportation to the surface. The miner's safety lamp is hung on a nail above his head and immediately warns him of the presence of gas., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Working at the Face
Miners working at the face of a rich coal vein in Maple Hill Colliery., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Dressing the Face
Miners carefully dress the face of the coal seam so as to remove loose masses of foal after each explosive charge has been fired. The miner in this picture is shown making the face safe for drilling operations preliminary to another 'shot., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Miner's Pick
Side by side with the most modern electrical installations such as the conveyor line in the background, the pick-the ancient symbol of the miner's art, still holds a place of prime utility., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Modern Transportation in an Anthracite Mine
Flexible conveyor belts carry newly mined coal for great distances underground. Motor driven apparatus provide many other forms of conveyance. The cables and drums shown in the picture operate a drag line which carries coal down from the face to points where it can be conveniently loaded., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Electric Aids for Anthracite Mining
Control station of a motorized belt conveyor line which carries newly mined coal for long distances in the workings underground., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Fuel from the Depths
A Reading Anthracite miner tending a mechanical conveyor which carries anthracite for long distances in the workings. The electric wire strung overhead the tense pose of the worker, and the general background give the scene a curious resemblance to a diver at work in a sea cavern., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Loading Mine Cars by Electricity
Mine cars are automatically loaded by motor driven conveyor belts in mines of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company. This scene is more than a thousand feet below the earth's surface at Burnside Colliery, near Samokin, Pa., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Mechanical Car Loader
The Coal is shoveled onto a moving belt which carries it upward and dumps it into the mine car which may be seen in the background. The miner in the background is showing how the coal had to be shoveled by hand over the top of the car before the device was installed., Titles and descriptions used here created by the company in the 1930s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photographs (Accession 1980.318), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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