{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

Documenting 'Dirty' Jobs: Miners At Work

Coal miner Lee Hipshire in shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. at the end of his shift. At age he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease.

Three Welsh coal miners just up from the pits after a day's work in coal mine in Wales, photo by W. Eugene Smith

Three Welsh coal miners just up from the pits after a day's work in coal mine in Wales, photo by W. Eugene Smith - coal dust all over their faces!

A coal miner and his daughter. This photo was taken by talented photographer Natalie Franklin.

Million Dollar Outfit - why wear nice clothes to show the money you have when you can show how hard you worked for it

KENTUCKY COAL MINERS 1930 PHOTO FUEL OIL LANTERNS COAL DUST MINING ...

Soft coal miners return to work . miners stand in the elevator cage - Pennsylvania

Coal miners WV 1946

Coal miners WV 1946 My grandfather was a Coal miner in bluefield about this time

A Typical Fayette County, West Virginia coal mine circa 1900. My great-grandmother remembers when they brought coal up out of the mines with mules. My roots reach deep within these mines. Proud of it!

A Typical Fayette County, West Virginia coal mine circa My great-grandmother remembers when they brought coal up out of the mines with mules. My roots reach deep within these mines.

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