|Q: A series of new U.S. postage stamps was released this month (August 2013) honoring America’s industrial-era workers. The “Made in America” stamps show black and white photos of men and women at work. One of the stamps depicts a Kansas worker. What type of worker is he?
A: Coal Miner
A series of new U.S. postage stamps features America’s working men and women, including a photograph of a Kansas coal miner taken decades ago. The picture, taken in the 1940s or '50s, was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1966 and had been in possession of the Kansas Department of Economic Development. The series of 12 stamps honors America's industrial-era workers under the title "Made in America: Building a Nation." The black and white photographs depict men and women at work. The coal miner in the photograph from Kansas is unknown. He is depicted on his side while chipping away at a narrow coal seam with a hand-held pick.
Coal mining in Kansas peaked around 1917 largely through removal of deposits in eastern Kansas. Other stamps in the series are of a derrick worker, welder, riveter, a laborer on a hoisting ball and a person guiding a beam at the Empire State Building, a millinery apprentice, a linotyper in a publishing house, a powerhouse mechanic, a railroad track walker, a textile worker and an airplane maker.