Hardcoal Chronicles 40th

1973 - 2013


As of 2011, its 38th year, The HARDCOAL CHRONICLES has 242 Portfolios-in-progress, which forms the geo-cultural order of the body of work, relating core Anthracite to it’s domain, sphere, and the rest of this country and continent. The alpha-numeric call number system for each image contains 22 digits, short-schrifted to 13 for index labeling and cataloging clarity. Each digit series is codified to identify the image’s Cultural Grouping and Geographic Subdivision which are alphabetical and then verified through a corresponding numeric redundancy code which precedes it in the unabridged version. Following this is the numeric date chronology and exposure sequence.

This call number system immediately provides basic image information without the need to view the picture. In addition, it coordinates and complements the log book information, production runs, and date and time sequencing, in three integrated sets of checks and balances, ensuring accuracy of the information corresponding to each image. If any one were to indicate any conflict, the photographer’s travel and expense docket further establishes all places, coordinating them with the date / time chronology and exposure sequence basis of The HARDCOAL CHRONICLES.

The portfolios containing the cataloged images are also identified with the same initial alpha-numeric redundancy governing the pictures it contains, but necessarily lack the date and exposure chronologies assigned to individual images. To view examples of Portfolio Groupings (without the detailed breakdown of their names and histories), please click on ‘Starkkohlenfelder Sampler’.


A1 Title plate
A2 Frontispiece
A3 Dedicatory
A4 Panels Intro
A5 The Region
A6 Overview
A7 Names & Titles
A8 Orientation
A9 Image Roster
A10 Farther Afield
A11 Portfolios
A12 Chronology
A13 thecoalman.com


C1 Metamorphic
C2 Mine Pits A
C3 Coal Holes
C4 Deep Mining
C5 Breakers
D1 People
D2 Pitch Black
D3 Coal Delivery
D4 PA Bituminous
D5 Soft Coal
D6 Mine Pits B
D7 Coaling Towers
E1 Coal Trains
E2 Coal Cars
E3 Non-Coal RR
E4 Car Shots
F1 Night Images
F2 Jim Lukens Art
F3 Anthracite Racing
F4 Racing Reunion


H1 Linking Up
H2 Homecoming
H3 Photographers
H5 “Last Call” continued
K1 Acknowledgements
K2 Thank You
K3 Honorees
K4 Ambassador
K5 Silver Images
K6 Framers
K7 Dan's Camera
K8 Rob-Win Press
K9 Lew Graver
K10 Avanti Cigars
N1 “Year in the Life”
N2 The Work in 2011
N3 Continuity
N4 “Parting Shot”


Q1 Calendar
Q2 Show Venues
Q3 Visitors Welcome
Q4 Links
Q5 “On Hold”
Q6 Copyright Notice
Q7 Gifting of Images
Q8 Site Update
R1 Return