Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: Beeman On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:57 pm

Very interesting description of bootleg coal activities in PA coal country during the Great Depression. Worth reading.
http://newdeal.feri.org/nation/na3446.htm
Last edited by Richard S. on Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: franco b On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:33 pm

Good article and trying to come up with a solution, even today, is not easy.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:07 pm

Astounding ! Put to print in 1934,during the Great Depression,it shows just how great a bunch of asses we can be,regardless of Land Owner or Bootlegger. Interesting how Communism was brought up. You can see how its' seeds are sown. This was a Fantastic read-Thanx !
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: Anthracite Ed On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:27 pm

Great link Beeman, Thanks
Brings back memories of my Grandparents living in Centralia Pa, My brothers and myself used to spend two weeks picking coal in the strip mine waste piles
in the summer so they had some coal to heat the house for the winter, And I am only 51 years old,
I feel so blessed to buy coal for only $170 per ton, Not having to pick it out of the waste piles
Happy Thanksgiving to all
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:06 am

Makes ya think for a minute about the price per ton you pay when lookin back in time. Its not all that bad.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: ntp71 On: Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:27 pm

Thanks for the Link...very interesting. You got me searching...so I found this.

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/hard_coal_last_of_the_bootleg_miners

Neal
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: samhill On: Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:01 pm

Thank for the link Beeman, it's interesting to hear the opinions of others on this.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: Beeman On: Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:01 am

Neal,
Thanks for posting the link to the film on independent coal miners. I sat down and watched it completely even though it will make me late for work today. Sad film about strong people who provide the black diamonds to us all. I respect the miners!
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: ntp71 On: Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:11 pm

Beeman wrote:Neal,
Thanks for posting the link to the film on independent coal miners. I sat down and watched it completely even though it will make me late for work today. Sad film about strong people who provide the black diamonds to us all. I respect the miners!


No Problemo BeeMan. Thank you for the article, and sorry I made you late for work. I am trying to find out if any of those small coal companies from the film sell to the public, or if they just sell their coal raw to someone else to process. I placed a call to RS&W but they were out of the office. I would like to buy from a smaller company if I could.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:12 pm

The latest issue of Bloomberg magazine has an article about bootleg mining going on currently in the Ukraine.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: GoodProphets On: Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:37 am

The film was excellent...just watched it.

Thanks for the link Neal


Everyone that uses coal for heating should watch it.

Very brave men/woman, that live and die for coal.
It is in their blood. It is all they do. It is their life.

Very shameful at what our country can do to hard working Americans.
I guess we already know what happens when you take away the hard working labor force.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: Beeman On: Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:27 am

Neal,
What do you think about posting a link to the film on a more well-traveled section of the Forum such as Anthracite Coal News and General Discussion? I think many coal burners would love to know about and see the film. To me, the film has a lot to say about current issues these independent miners face as opposed to just having an historical focus. What are your thoughts? --Beeman
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: ntp71 On: Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:28 am

Ok...I'll do it.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: Ed.A On: Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:01 pm

Very good film.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: pineyguy On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:25 am

Beeman wrote:Thanks fo I am trying to find out if any of those small coal companies from the film sell to the public, or if they just sell their coal raw to someone else to process. I placed a call to RS&W but they were out of the office. I would like to buy from a smaller company if I could.


I buy my coal from Mazaika in Rush Township (Tamaqua area.) They have a wash/processing plant and I believe all their feedstock comes from small mining companies. The price is good ($180 per ton now for pick-up) and the coal has always been good quality. Nice guys too. Might be too far a trip from Nanticoke though.
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