envisage wrote:My very first memory of coal is as a child in elementary school growing up in the Bronx, NYC...
Ha! I have a clear memory of my fifth grade teacher on Staten Island going over our spelling words for the week, including Anthracite, Bituminous, and Lignite.
She explained that anthracite was the best grade of coal, and burned very cleanly with little smoke or soot, and that it was used to heat our school.
This was in the 1970s.
I also lived very near a different school of the same age, and remember the racket, through the 1990s, early every morning on "garbage days," when the custodians would winch a couple dozen ash cans up to the sidewalk for the garbagemen to take away.
I don't know whether that school is still heated with coal, but it sure was then!