[Houghton-le-Spring? n. p., ca. 1880-1900?]. Original black and white gelatin print, 1.5 x 2.25 inch image on a mount measuring 4.13 x 2.5 inches, mount with scalloped edges. 8-line autograph manuscript poem captioning the image. Some slight edge wear to the mount and a little soiling; in very good condition. Item #19042
A clear, crisp, striking image of men standing in front of structures (including smokestacks) at the Houghton Pit, with coal-related holiday verses below: “Welcome, grimy Houston Pit! / Shame it is to see, / Odes to every useless thing, / Ne’er a line to thee. / Yule logs now are out of date, / Our Wallsend heats the Xmas grate. / As at the festive board you sit, / Think of me and Houghton Pit!”.