Carte de visite (CDV) sized view of the Houghton Pit, the County Durham coal mine that was active for over 150 years, Collier Verse, Photography.

Carte de visite (CDV) sized view of the Houghton Pit, the County Durham coal mine that was active for over 150 years,

[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 / Yule logs now are out of date, / Our Wallsend heats the Xmas grate.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!”.

Price: $225.00

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