Coke ovens in winter, western Pennsylvania, circa 1900.
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This battery of Coke Ovens includes a danger sign written in six different languages, reflecting the mixture ethnic backgrounds working in the Coke District.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

Work in the coke industries, was low paying, back-breaking and dangerous. In the right hand corner of this photograph a sign with the word "danger" written in six different languages, indicates the multi-ethnic composition of the coke industries workforce at the turn of the century.

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