About: Eckley Coal Breaker And Miners Village
Your music ruined a otherwise nice video. Thank you.
I can say from experience (1940s) that the winters were very cold and the women made quilts for warm sleeping. In fact every woman I ever saw in those days had a "knitting bag" and was constantly knitting (or crocheting) something. They all made their own clothes and patched mens denims for years. The house was often heated ONLY by a large coal fired stove in the kitchen which went out before midnight. She'd get up and light the stove about 5 AM and then heat the water (big kettle or two( for breakfast, shaving and packing lunch. Lunch was packed in a pail (a bucket! ) with a napkin over it. Shed made their lunch as she made breakfast. They shave in a hand held mirror and a bowl & pitcher (straight razor). They would say a prayer before breakfast and then off to the mine (helmets on). They did not get a 5 day work week until after the war. They prayed a lot during WWII. Many of them never went back after the war. Eckly, Freeland, Lattimer, Milnesville, McAdoo, Treskow, Beaver Meadow, Weatherly, Mt Laurel, Audenreid .. by 1950 there was electricity, refrigerators, TV, frozen food, store bought food and clothes (in Hazleton) ... modern. The Lehigh Valley RR was awesome! (beautiful). Stopped in Mauk Chunk. Edwards Lakes-to-Sea buses went to Hazleton and also a LVRR gasoline train (over the Broad Mountain) There was a pure mountain spring called "Shady Rest" on the Broad Mountain if motoring over from Mauk Chunk.
Nice video makes you wonder how a prop intended to be burnt to cinders survived, let's hope that breaker is restored soon.