Hardcoal Chronicles 40th

1973 - 2013

Lifetimes & Timelines
(Six men spanning five generations and 150 years)

  • George M. Bretz (1842-1895) P&R 1870s-1880s
  • William H. Rau (1855-1920) LV RR and PRR 1890s
  • John Horgan, Jr. (1859-1926) D&H 1905-1926
  • Watson Bunnell (1871-1950) DL&W 1905-1919
  • George Harvan (1921-2002) LC&N / Lanscoal 1949-1972
  • Scott D. Herring ( b. 1960 ) Independent 1973-onward
  • * Throughout the years, many have photographed the region, such as government labor photographer Lewis W. Hine (1874-1940), famous for his images of breaker boys leading to the establishment of child labor laws in the United States. But photographing Anthracite subject matter is not enough. The men listed above have dominated the documentation of their respective timeperiods, covering the inseparable Anthracite coal and rail complex: Well after his time with the DL&W ended in 1919, Watson Bunnell continued his photographic business including pursuit of regional subject matter into the 1940s. Also, George Harvan continued to document regional issues past the closing of Lanscoal in 1972; many of the fine books illustrated with his images are fortunately still available today. The superb book “Illustrating an Anthracite Era” on John Horgan, Jr. by Gwen Percival and Chester Kulesa of the Commonwealth's Anthracite Heritage Museum (Scranton) is currently out of print, but a few precious copies may still be available for purchase on-line. Scott Herring intends to put out his long-awaited full retrospective book for the people of the region after his 50th year behind the lens in 2023. As with all of Scott's Anthracite work, the proceeds will go to support the many various historic preservation projects at home in the Coal Region.


    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
    H4 “LAST CALL !”
    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