The Library of Congress brings us this small glimpse into a typical workday of a Copper Country miner, courtesy the talents of a nameless Detroit Publishing Company photographer. It is shift change, and these men sit not on your standard set of bleachers but instead have taken a seat on their daily conveyance into the mine – a piece of equipment known as a man car. Atop their heads sit oil lamps for light while under their arms tin lunch pails filled with hot water keep their lunches (perhaps a pasty) warm. Soon the car will be lowered down into the shaft found below the men’s feet and begin its journey over a mile into the earth. Once there these men will disembark and began their long walks through the darkness to their work stations scattered about the underground. For their efforts they would receive about two dollars a week.
Image courtesy Library of Congress, Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection