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Block of Coal cut for The Mining Exhibition in Malmo Sweden of 1909

Many collieries around this period are shown in photographs with huge blocks of coal extracted for exhibitions, See also DCAV000218. Shown here is Markhams effort weighing in at 3 and a 1/2 tons, with dimensions of 7'2 x 3'2 x 4'2. For centuries prior to the sinking of the Markham colliery shafts coal had been worked in this area from several small mines owned and operated by individuals and small…