Miners from Fernhill Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales
A black-faced miner, carrying his small daughter, his wife shielding her face, at Fernhill in the Rhondda. He has just emerged from 292 hours underground in a 'stay-in' miners' strike at Fernhill Colliery. He is watched by a throng of local people, some smiling and applauding. Policemen can be seen in the background. Date: circa 1936
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Boy dragging coal wagon with harness and chain in mine
A boy with a harness and chain between his legs drags a heavy coal truck along a low underground passage in a mine at Halifax, Yorkshire. An official investigation in 1842 revealed that children as young as seven were being 'apprenticed' to work in mines, in some cases placed there by workhouses.
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Thumbelina curtsies to the Tiresome Old Mole
An unhappy Thumbelina curtsies to the Tiresome Old Mole, who falls in love with her and wants her to live with him underground. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835.
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