Esther M. Zimmer Lederberg
The Industrial Revolution in Great Britain
The Coal Mining Industry: Naked hewer without boots

Naked hewer without boots

Note that the person depicted is a "naked face-worker" (a "hewer"), wearing no boots. Just as it could be very hot in a mine, it could also be frigidly cold. Note the forked piece of wood to keep the prone person's head propped into position. Hewers often had to lie down upon a board.


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