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This picture was taken in 1938, and shows the Company Store in the coal mining town of Caples, West Virginia. Company stores extended credit to workers in the mine. The stores typically charged exorbitant prices. Typically it cost more to shop at the Company Store than what the miners earned. This created a form of indentured servitude, in that at any given time, the miners typically owed money to the story.

This picture was taken in and shows the Company Store in the coal mining town of Caples, West Virginia. Company stores extended credit to workers in the mine.

Coal miner’s child taking home kerosene for lamps. Company houses and a coal tipple are in the background in Scotts Run, near Morgantown.  (September, 1938. Marion Post Wolcott photo.)

Coal miner’s child taking home kerosene for lamps. Company houses and a coal tipple are in the background in Scotts Run, near Morgantown, WV.

Coal miner, Moses Howard Forrests residence (Leevale, West Virginia) (circa 1940)  by Penn State Special Collections Library via Flickr

Coal miner, Moses Howard Forrests residence (Leevale, West Virginia) (circa 1940) by Penn State Special Collections Library via Flickr

Deserted mining town, completely boarded up, owned by Ford who closed it down rather than have it unionized. Twin Branch, West Virginia

Deserted mining town, completely boarded up, owned by Ford who closed it down…

Willamson, WV

Boarded up town Boarded up homes abandoned mining town Twin Branch West Virginia owned and closed by Ford after unioniztion attempt Marion Post Wolcott 1938

A Typical Fayette County, West Virginia coal mine circa 1900. My great-grandmother remembers when they brought coal up out of the mines with mules. My roots reach deep within these mines. Proud of it!

A Typical Fayette County, West Virginia coal mine circa My great-grandmother remembers when they brought coal up out of the mines with mules. My roots reach deep within these mines.

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