Hardcoal Chronicles 40th

1973 - 2013


Anthracite’s Independent Mining Families

At the turn of the last century, advancing technology began to bring about the system of consolidated breakers: Large and more efficient coal processing plants would collect trains of mine-run coal from surrounding sites into a centralized location for rock removal, sizing, and washing; and then build large trains of finished product for market.

This rendered the widespread mine-mouth facilities of the 1800s expensive and obsolete. The vast localized workforce once employed there was scaled down, and many found themselves unable to find work in this streamlined new world of the highly-mechanized coal industry — just in time for the Great Depression. Many resorted to bootleg coal operations to survive, some illegally located on mining company or state property. Eventually, these coal holes evolved into today's Anthracite independent coal mining companies — with few exceptions, the last of the Anthracite deep miners. Currently, these largely family-owned operations are the remaining essence of our regional heritage, with most of their active coal mining members representing a fifth generation tradition
(as is their photographer, both behind the lens and the shovel).


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