Miner's Pick

This long-handled mining pick was used in an anthracite mine in Pennsylvania during the early 20th century. Mining is rough physical labor. Before 1900 coal miners would lie on their back and use a pick to undercut the coal seam. They would then blast the coal, shovel it into a cart, and take it to the head of the mine to be paid by the coal’s tonnage.
overall: 28 in x 13 1/2 in; 71.12 cm x 34.29 cm
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L. D. Lamont
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National Museum of American History
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