A recent email from a follower of Wynning History brought my attention to the collection of Coal Region photography held by the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The photographs of George Bretz were taken in the late 19th century and mostly document life, work, and industry in northeastern Pennsylvania, with a few photographs showing other areas around the Keystone State and other locales.
You can find a fantastic collection of the Bretz photographs online through UMBC’s digital archive, numbering at more than 400 images.
The Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania Digital Project has an excellent blog post about George Bretz and the reasons he took so many photographs of the Coal Region. You can read that article here.
Featured Image: Breaker boys at Eagle Hill Colliery, ca. 1884 (The Photography Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County)