A miner waiting to go to work during the night shift at the Virginia- Pocahontas Coal Company mine, 1974
By - jab116
Shoulda been a movie star god damn
STRONG Paul Newman vibes. Coulda been a stunt double? You have to be pretty brave and fit to be a miner.
I literally thought for a split sec "is that Paul Newman?"
Plot twist: dude was just going full character actor. Also, it's Paul Newman.
I get a more Mining Don Draper
Huey Lewis was my first thought
Brave, fit and willing to die of black lung. FIFY
"I'm a mer-MAN!"
yup, newman was my first thought
I watched this guy eat 50 eggs once.
Newman for sure. The dude’s eyes and forehead gave me a Franc Jameso vibe before the rest of his face scrolled into view.
And then he died of black-lung disease.
You're as dead to me as your dead mother.
I got the black lung pop
Goood lord that's one of the most handsome men I've ever seen.
Clean up on aisle 5.
Get a bucket and a mop for this...
He can kill my canary any time.
Slap a push broom mustache on him and you have Burt Reynolds
He could push my broom.
I’d work the night shift with him; overtime. 😎
He better be like 5' tall or something because that is not fair.
5' tall with a 7" cock
5' was 5'11 in those days /s
Yeah, good lucks AND a cushy job where you don't have to deal with inclement weather
A cushy coal mining job?
Yeah, they had great company housing and had the privilege of shopping at a company store! When they couldn't work their bosses even took care of their wives sexual needs for them! What a great gig. Too bad the union's had to go and ruin it for all the other hard working amaericans.
Lowest incidence of sunburn of any profession. Even on your day off, the layer of fine particulate matter on your skin will help stop harmful UV rays! Wait, strike that. I'm being told there is no day off.
You load sixteen tons what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go. I owe my soul to the company store.
Where do I sign up??
They don’t make us like they use to
Damn he can mine my shaft.
But can he put his shaft in your mine?
Just about every chisel jawed blue collar guy from those days had movie star looks.
Used to play that town in football... now they can't even field a team and all that's left is a museum of the mine he used to work in.
Look kids, coal bucket.
Pennsylvania, the land of crumbling mining towns replaced by nothing.
It's Pocahontas, Virginia.
It's not far from PA and it's a story that's been told a thousand times in a thousand poor little Appalachian towns.
As someone from Southwest Va, PA is pretty far dude.
Yeah where I’m from in SW VA, you’d have to cross the entire state of WV bottom to top to hit PA or go all the way up VA and cross Maryland.
Yeah I know I live here in PA just outside the anthracite region.
My family is four generations out of the mine, and we’re still affected. It took everything from them, and they couldn’t stop giving. Times were harder back then, but they learned to live on the simple things. They put up with each other even when the other person is slowly going down no matter how much it hurt. It was truly beautiful.
Knowing how my my fellow Appalachian people have been used and abused over the years breaks my heart... seems like the rest of the country only wanted us for fighting , hardwood, and coal and when the boys in West Virginia needed help they dropped bombs on them. The resiliency of the people in these mountains shouldn't go overlooked.
What was the event where they bombed West Virginia?
Probably referring to the battle of Blair Mountain. My ancestors fought for the unions in the coal wars.
It’s referred to as the Battle of Blair Mountain or the WV Mine Wars. It’s a bit of US history that most people aren’t aware of.
Mine's (excuse the pun) now three generations out. I've been down there a few times to visit the family that stayed around the Grundy - Welch area. It's pretty wild, truly a forgotten part of the world. My part of the family had been there for 100+ years before they finally started emigrating.
I also played Pocahontas in football and basketball in high school in the late 90s. Does the school still exist?? It was the worst bus ride of the entire season getting out there.
Last I knew it still existed... yea I took the bus ride from galax va, unlike pocahontas, galax is a furniture town.
I think I’m getting the black lung, pop
For christ's sake, Derek. You've been down there for one day.
Who’s winning the match?
*ahem ahem ahem*
i had to scroll too far for this
He’s hot as hell!
(I see it’s been crossed posted there an hour ago, lol)
Thanks for the sub lmao
He's probably dead of black lung disease by now
You're welcome Susan
Susan… straight shooter? No, that ain’t right
The ones where she barely makes it through them are the best.
I bet his corpse is still mildly attractive
That might be the hottest guy I’ve ever seen.
Can you imagine the shoulder rubs this guy must have given? I remember having a neighbor who repaired industrial HVAC systems for a living. One time at a neighborhood get together he came up behind me and squeezed my shoulders. I basically turned into a puddle and I'm a guy.
Ever consider that he was into guys?
Not possible the gays didn't exist yet
This is actually true. I saw a flash animation about it on new grounds in 2002.
Ah yes. The Big Gay Bang
It’s true I was the bang
Why you gotta be like that. Now I have to spend 3 hours forgetting that 2002 was 19 years ago.
Only flamboyant dancing men
I've seen Three's Company. The gays totally existed, they were just the butt of every joke. lol
Ever consider that OP is now into guys?
That’s what I’m sayin
Your Oreos might be the hottest thing I’VE ever seen! Can you pm me the recipe?
Is Oreos slang for?
Oh never mind. Those are yummy looking Oreos.
I gained 20 pounds just by looking at the pictures.
Shoot your shot player
The man is not joking. Those things look DELICIOUS!
Dang. Actual Oreos. And I was expecting something else. Not even mad, these look awesome!!
hope she sees this bro
If she does can I get that recipe too?
I would like her to start a mega thread of those recipes because y’all are not lying.
THOSE OREOS ARE NEXTFUCKINGLEVEL
Are you the guy in the photo?
Holy cow! You're not wrong.
Now you've got me feeling creepy, as I scan her profile for the Oreos.
Okay, they do look amazing though.
Rainy day blue berry muffins please. Jesus they look amazing
Honestly - their stuff all looks delicious AND beautiful.
Hey, creepo. Reel it in, you're talking about a miner.
Nah he was a miner in the 70s. It’s all different now
I'm sure black lung disease has changed that.
The blacker the lung, the sweeter the kiss (as they say)
Henry Cavill thanks you for your support!
Which month of their calendar was this?
But I would never stop looking at that off- center chin dimple.
HE MAKES CHIN DIMPLES ATTRACTIVE TO ME IS IT WITCHCRAFT
More like you would never stop aiming for that off center cleft. 😏
Holy shit my Dad worked for Pocahontas coal company from 1972-1984 in West Virginia. Shoutout to my Wyoming County Peeps! Herndon in the House!
Did your dad know this guy?
is your family still in WV?
Hillbilly native here :)
Grandmas, uncles, and my brother. Mullens has an actual ROAD going to it now, with multiple lanes and an exit and everything. That place is going to take off any minute now. One day my family home may be worth THOUSANDS of dollars.
I can't believe Paul Newman let his brother work the mines.
How else was he supposed to have *Newman's Own Coal*? Mine it himself?!
I’m not gay, but damn I might be
Is there a thing as too handsome where the attractiveness crosses over because uh
Yeah, like, I had to take a screenshot of this bc I was afraid I'd never see him again??? Like wtf?? That's too much, guy. Keeping the shot though...
Nobodies that straight.
Nah man, he is just a super good looking dude. Nothing gay aboht being able to admit that.
So much this, this dude has all the nice features, dang.
Maybe his forehead is super long but hidden by helmet
Letting that guy fuck you wouldn't be gay. It'd be rational.
Looks like an advert
Agreed. I’d bet good money it’s a close-up of a cigarette ad in a magazine. I almost feel like I’ve seen it before…
This photo was shot on a *big* lens cracked wide open, at a time where that wasn't terribly accessible.
My money is on this being a cropped ad.
The photographer was Jack Corn, a photojournalist and documentary photographer. It appears to be from a series commissioned by the EPA to show conditions in the mines. If you search for "documerica", Jack Corn, and include the mine name you'll find several links containing images from the series. Some of which have this image, while others don't.
On mobile at work, or I'd provide better documentation. Definitely not an ad though.
You mean another male model!
He really was really really ridiculously good looking
That guy could visit my mineshaft any time he likes
He could give me tips in Minecraft
Do you have a canary in there? When it dies you know it's time for a gyn checkup.
Wrong mineshaft. It's the one where you get the brown lung if your down there too long.
Holy fuck that's a handsome man 😍
Keeping this guy down a mine is criminal.
It was a rescue strategy, thousands of volunteer women would rush to dig out the trapped miners by hand.
I can see why the men thought that he had to be hidden
Whenever I think of mining idk why but I imagine like the early 1900s era. Like I know its still a job today but just always gave me that old timey vibe when I imagined it.
But I saw a show recently and this guy was a modern miner and he got off work and was covered in dirt? It awoke something in me I didn't know existed. These guys are just so cool looking.
Edit. All these miners responding now I feel shy/bashful 😂
District 12 didn’t exist for nothing
It's still hard, dirty, and hazardous work, even with the cool machines we get to work with nowadays.
To each his own. I’m not gay. I am suddenly a woman however and all I want is to look pretty for him.
Suddenly (want to) Seymour
is standing beside you
Ok, we're definitely getting uglier guys
If you watch footage of normal people from these eras they were ugly as fuck and looked 10 years older than their biological age.
Yeah, this guy is probably 14
Combination of healthier diets but also considerably wider cigarette consumption I'd assume.
Shit, I think every guy might be uglier than this dude.
Ikr. Feels like I cud high dive into dat chin dimple wtf
Just saving his picture for..you know… research
Oh dear lord thank you for my new subreddit.
Sort by top all time foremost
This guy mines.
Oh my. Be still my heart.
He could have been the Marlboro Man.
Lung disease twinsies!
Omg so hot!!!!
Too wholesome handsome. Sorry what was this feed about?
Can’t someone find out this guy’s story? Was he married? Was he gay? Did he get black lung disease? If not is he still alive and is there a Now pic?
To think he was only 12 when this was taken...
Miner for Marlboro maybe
Marlboro commercial dude
There's definitely a reason HE was chosen for this photo.
Wow. Miner’s a good choice for this fellow. He was used to being in holes!
He should have been waiting in a casing room. Good looking dude.
The good thing about miners is how they go down
That's a working man, a man's man, a woman's man, a ladies man, a manly man...
What if he smiled and had totally jacked teeth. Would we all still want to bang him?
More like /r/OldSchoolCoal
Hubba hubba, he’s dreamy.
There are some striking coal miners.
There is more to life than being a ridiculously good looking miner
No way. This dude is a model for sure. Edit: holy crap I checked and it's real. What a waste of a one in a million face. Should have been in Hollywood.
That smile hides pain
He’s just enjoying the youthful time before black lung and a life of pained breathing sets in.
He's 17 in this picture
Mer-MAN, dad! Mer-MAN!
My great Grand Dad was a Pennsylvania coal miner and died of black lung. I never met him but Ive seen pics and he didnt look like this guy. This guy looks like the Mike Rowe of a coal miner.
Look, look, look we will definitely use this time machine to stop Hitler but first qe got to stop in a mining town in 1974 for a few hours. I'm tryna see something.
Daddy? Sorry...daddy? Sorry..
this guy needs stop being a miner and go model