This collection consists of 86 photographs that detail the steps of mining and processing anthracite coal. Images include mine interiors, miners and mine equipment.
The Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company was the country's largest producer of anthracite coal from 1871 through the 1920s. At one time it controlled over 40 per cent of the country's anthracite reserves. This collection primarily shows the company's operation in Locust Summit near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania.
Image: "A Coal Cutting Machine." Click to view