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Coal for Charcoal, page 9

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of bituminous coal, not only in the history of North America but in that of the world. The founding, merging, and developing of the various small companies, and their relation to one another, to the miner and the public is a piece of American industrial history that needs to be written. It is not the purpose of this article to take up the human side of coal. As everyone knows the production of coal until of very recent years depended entirely on man power. Like many other American industries machine-power is supplanting man and horse-power. By reason of intense price competition the coal operators, in many instances, exploited not only the coal but the people who dug it out of the earth. The miner's life became hard, bitter, dangerous, unrewarding. Society at large through the years has been far from kindly towards the humble miner, risking his life in order that our civilization might have most of its creature comforts.


Felix G. Robinson

WESTERN MARYLAND RAILROAD freight train, engine in front and behind, puffing up the grade through Cash Valley, in the vicinity of the famous Bone Cave. The picture was selected from the large and valuable collection of William P. Price of Cumberland, Maryland. Mr. Price is more than a camera fan. He has made a picture-history of the vanishing railroad locomotive. His collection runs into several thousand both kodachrome, black and white, stills, and moving.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History


Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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