Coaldale Colliery Anthracite Carving


Constantine “Koste” Molotzak created the coal carving showing the Coaldale (Schuykill County) colliery of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company during the 1930s. The carving illustrates coal being taken into a large breaker on a pulley car, and another car filled with coal, leaving the colliery. Coal could be polished to a black glossy shine, and used to make jewelry, small statues, or images engraved on a polished surface, like the colliery here. Anna Molotzak donated the carving for her father, who died in an explosion at the Tamaqua mine April 28, 1942 at age 63.

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Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Anna Molotzak

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.MHI-MN-9241Catalog Number: MHI-MN-9241Accession Number: 271421

Object Name: anthracite coal carving


Record Id: nmah_871865

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