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Coaldale Colliery Anthracite Carving

Coaldale Colliery Anthracite Carving

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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.
Object Name
anthracite coal carving
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-9241
catalog number
MHI-MN-9241
accession number
271421
Credit Line
Anna Molotzak
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Work
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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