Interior View of Kohinoor Mine, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania

ID: SIA Acc. 11-006 [MAH-2840]

Creator: Bretz, George M. 1842-1895

Form/Genre: Glass negatives

Date: 1884

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-006, Box 005, Image No. MAH-2840

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Shows on the right in the foreground the corner of a pillar of coal, which exhibits in great perfection the banded structure of the formation. Near the center are two miners in characteristic positions at work removing the pile of coal that has been thrown down by the blast in robbing the mine. At the left, in the background, is the face of the breast, which has been squeezed or crushed by pressure, as is shown by the confused appearance of the strata.


  • 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 224.
  • 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 Centennial of 1884-85, at New Orleans."

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-006, Box 005, Image No. MAH-2840

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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-2840]

Physical description

8 x 10;

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