The Kansas Historical Society announced that a photograph of a coal miner in its collections is featured among new stamps by the U.S. Postal Service released in August. Supporters had worked for years to promote a stamp series to honor the work of coal miners.
The photo of the Kansas coal miner was taken in the 1940s or 1950s by the Kansas Department of Economic Development and donated in 1966. The identity of the coal miner is unknown. The photograph can be found on Kansas Memory, kansasmemory.org/item/209756.
Coal mining in Kansas peaked around 1917. Bituminous coal deposits were widely distributed in eastern Kansas. Most of the mines were in southeastern Kansas in the counties of Cherokee, Crawford, and Bourbon, with a large mining area in Osage County. Deep mining and surface mining methods were used in at least 20 coal beds.