Miner Loading Coal by Hand
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Miner Loading Coal by Hand inside the mine.

Credit: National Archives

"Oh yes, [some would go for weeks without seeing daylight] that was a long time ago; the wives would take the buckets, not myself, but I heard my mother-in-law and even my mother speak. They would take the man's bucket to the mine and hand them to the lamp man, and he would give them the old bucket, and they'd give [them] the food. Oh yes, many a day my Baba [grandmother] did that." Adapted from an oral history of Mary Margaret Coll Malesky

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