{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.

{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.

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Miner & his family, Rhondda Valley, South Wales, 1931
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Coal Mining Pictures - Where The coal miner worked and where he lived
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A small poster from the miners strike of 1984-5. The pit is Abercynon Colliery South Wales.

A small poster from the miners strike of 1984-5. The pit is Abercynon Colliery South Wales.

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Crammed into a coal mine elevator, coming up after a day of work (Belgium) 1890

Crammed into a coal mine elevator, coming up after a day of work (Belgium) 1890

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Margaret Thatcher 'lied to miners about jobs and the extent of her plans to close pits' - Wales Online

Margaret Thatcher 'lied to miners about jobs and the extent of her plans to close pits' - Wales Online

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Inside a coal mine. Courtesy of Appanoose County Historical Society.
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A young Welsh miner sitting in a mine, feeding a pit pony
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