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Picking coal from waste tip during 1921 strike, South Wales

Three men picking coal from a local colliery waste tip during the 1921 strike, South Wales

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1921 Caps Coal Colliery Fill Filling Flat Fuel Jones Mine Miner Miners Mining Pick Picking Sack Sacks Spade Strike Survival Track Tracks Waste Wheel Wheels Worker


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This evocative photograph captures the grim reality of the 1921 South Wales Coal Strike, as three determined miners fill their sacks with coal from a local colliery waste tip. The men, dressed in their flat caps and work clothes, are focused intently on their laborious task, their faces etched with the hardships of the struggle. The industrial landscape around them is barren and desolate, with the tracks and wheels of the abandoned trains and machinery lying idle in the foreground. The men's spades and picks are their only tools, as they dig deep into the waste tip to unearth the precious fuel that will keep their families warm during the bitter winter months. The scene is a poignant reminder of the harsh living and working conditions endured by the working class during this pivotal moment in Welsh mining history. The photograph, taken during the height of the strike, underscores the resilience and determination of the miners, who refused to be defeated despite the challenges they faced.

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