Interior View of Kohinoor Mine, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania

ID: SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-2837]

Creator: Bretz, George M. 1842-1895

Form/Genre: Glass negatives

Date: 1884

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-006, Box 005, Image No. MAH-2837

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Entrance to the breast. At the left, in the background, is a pillar of coal, left to support the roof. In front of this is the mine railway. In the center, in the background, is the entrance to the breast, with the roof (at this place the 5-foot bench) supported by timber props. On the right, in the background, is another pillar of coal; in front of this is a pile of refuse or "gob;" and in front of this, again, are some worn-out timber props. A man, standing at the entrance, furnishes a measure of the height of the gangway.


  • Dewey, Fred. P (Frederic Perkins) 1855-1921
  • Brown, James Templeman
  • United States National Museum
  • a United States National Museum Department of Metallurgy and Economic Geology
  • World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition (1884-1885 : New Orleans, La.)


  • Description from "Bulletin of the United States National Museum, No. 42: A Preliminary Descriptive Catalogue of the Systematic Collections in Economic Geology and Metallurgy in the United States National Museum," page 223.
  • Interior photographs of breast No. 39 taken by electric light August 28 and 29, 1884.
  • Collected for curator of metallurgy and economic geology Frederic P. Dewey by assistant James Templeman Brown as part of Dewey's "Plan to illustrate the mineral resources of the United States, and their utilization, at the World's Industrial and Cotton

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-006, Box 005, Image No. MAH-2837

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  • Mining
  • Mineral industries
  • Coal
  • Coal mines and mining
  • Mines and mineral resources


  • Shenandoah (Pa.)
  • Pennsylvania
  • Schuylkill County (Pa.)


Glass negatives

Local number

SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-2837]

Physical description

8 x 10;

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