Crammed into a coal mine elevator, coming up after a day of work.  They aren't even standing up.

Crammed into a coal mine elevator, coming up after a day of work

Coal miners crammed into a coal mine elevator, coming up after a day of work. They aren't even standing up. (My father-in-law was a coal miner for many years.

A coal miner with the last canary to be used down underground.

A coal miner with the last canary to be used down underground. Canaries were used in the coal mines, to detect methane gas. If the canary died, the miners knew they had to leave or they would die as well.

U.S. CHILD MINERS, 1900S. The next time you hear someone complain about unions, remind them who it was that ended child labor. You're welcome, America.

A trapper boy in Turkey Knob Mine, Macdonald, W. The picture was taken more than a mile inside the mine. The boy had to stoop for the photo on account of the low roof.

Britain's slumdogs: The ragged and filthy East End children of just 100 years ago living a life of grime

These photos were taken by Horace Warner in 1912 in Spitalfields England. These photos were taken by Horace Warner in 1912 in Spitalfields England.

America, America, God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law....

Gold Rush Prospector, 1849

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