One of my grandfathers was a coal miner in gallitzin back in the day. He died of black lung at 86, half from mines half from smoking. I always thought the job sounded neat, days down in the mines, he didn't mind the job, but wasn't as enthusiastic about it as a small kid who'd never done it.
My other grandfather used to drive the coal and ice delivery truck. They had a tarp for when they switched to ice. Doesn't sound too tasty, but this ice was more for the icebox than the iced tea. He used to have to shovel deliveries into the chits by hand. 60 years later he still has the handshake of a vice.
My house is so old it's been heated by everything possible over the years. I just ripped my oil tanks out last summer and found some random pieces of coal under the tanks and on the sill plates. I can only assume what it now a window was a chute at one point. At this point I'm sure there's no way to ever know what kind of stove was used here, but I would love to find out, and someday I will add an antique stove to the mix.
Slightly off topic, my in laws have been looking to replace their wood cookstove for a few years now, last week on Craigslist my wife found them the exact stove they have, but a nicer model with more nickel and a water tank. Found it in our town, for $600, they bought it the same day and now we have to figure out how to move the old one out and new one in, think I'll hire some young strong guys.