Breaker Boys from South Pittston, PA circa 1910. 
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Group of breaker boys pose for a group picture at their work benches.

Credit: Library of Congress

In the 1800s and early 1900s thousands of boys worked in Pennsylvania's coal mines. Breaker boys picked out pieces of slate and stone from the coal chutes. These boys  worked at the Pennsylvania Coal Company, South Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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