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Taken at the St. Nicholas Coal Breaker in Mahanoy City, PA. One of many pairs of boots, still sitting in the locker room, the men wore while working the breaker each day.

lori mike and I visited this fantastic place today.

The Old St. Nicholas Coal Breaker, located just outside of Mahanoy City, was constructed in 1930 and began operating in 1932. Half of the village of Suffolk was relocated in order to create room for Reading Anthracite’s Old St. Nicholas Breaker, the largest coal breaker in the world. 20 miles of railroad track were laid, 3,800 tons of steel and more than 10,000 cubic yards of concrete were used. A mile and a half of conveyor lines, 25 miles of conduit, 26,241 square feet of rubber belting, 118 miles of wire and cable and 20 miles of pipe were installed. When the breaker was constructed it was divided into two sides. Each side could be operated independently, producing 12,500 tons of coal a day. Once the raw coal enters the production process within the breaker it took just 12 minutes to pass through the entire breaker. For 31 years, the Old St. Nicholas Breaker prepared all sizes of famous Reading Anthracite for the markets of the world.

Nikon D80, 17-55 lens, 1/8 sec., f/2.8 @ 34mm, ISO 200 As Shot.

Shot and uploaded 4-26-10

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boot, coal, locker, pennsylvania, ericseyes, st nicholas, coal breaker

Comments

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 4 years ago

    WOW! Cool image! Well done!

  • Thanks Kim, this place rates right up there with ESP!

    – ericseyes

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 4 years ago

    Great perspective, exposure and color Eric!! Love your boots!

  • Thanks, I just liked the DOF on this one best.

    – ericseyes

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfover 4 years ago

    Excellent light and photo Eric.

  • Thanks Paul, I took many of the boots but this one was the best I thought.

    – ericseyes

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrover 4 years ago

    Nice one Eric.

  • Thanks Gary!

    – ericseyes

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 4 years ago

    Awesome work Eric.

  • Thanks CJ, It was a fantastic place with tons of things to shoot.

    – ericseyes

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Excellent!

  • Thanks Cee, always appreciated.

    – ericseyes

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Dennis  Small
    Dennis Smallover 4 years ago

    Great History.

  • Thanks Dennis, if the walls could talk…

    – ericseyes

  • Dennis  Small
    Dennis Smallover 4 years ago

    My whole family were Coal Crackers and my Grandfather died before I was born from miners lung. Long history.

  • Wow, sorry to hear that, certainly was a knoble profession, but deadly too.

    – ericseyes

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends Group

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