Hardcoal Chronicles 40th

1973 - 2013

Presenting the Panels of Pennsylvania

Forty years ago this journey had a very humble and uncertain beginning: I had a used plastic lens
insta-snappy camera that made a square picture on 126 film which was about half the size of a
35mm negative and about one-quarter the quality. To me, at that time, it was everything.

I had whatever film my parents would periodically buy for me, and had to make very hard
choices about what could be committed to it within the area I could walk or ride my bicycle
around our family hometown of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. The pictures from that first year
weren't very good and would barely fill one of the subject panels of this presentation.

Now, the largest part of a lifetime has gone by, and it seems that I'd gladly trade any thousand
pictures of the last quarter century to go back to 1973 with one good camera and several rolls
of Kodak film. I can't go back in time, but I can take you there through the pictures. Presented
here are several dozen of the more than 300 selected topic panels photographically covered by
The HARDCOAL CHRONICLES. Each provides a brief introduction to the images representing
the issues which define us as a people. They identify the American context in which we have proudly
maintained our cultural continuity for almost 250 years: Welcome to Anthracite America —
Home of the People of the Black Diamond.

~Scott D. Herring


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