4/28/11

Alfred Kallman, MINER


I have no information about these photos other than that the envelope they're in has "Dad's mine" written on it in George Kallman's handwriting. No idea where this mine was or what they were mining.

A few of the photos are RPPC's, the majority small snapshots taken in 1937.

So step back in time and imagine what life was like at this mine. Were there people working it everyday or was it a weekend mining adventure? Imagine it at night in that little cabin with the birds in the trees settling down for the night and then arising the next morning singing. What a wondrous place it must have been for George and Gladys a children.

In a few of the photos I've put circles around photos of Alfred. In one I've put a circle around George, Alfred's son.

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19 comments:

  1. These are great photos! That first group looks pretty serious, about mining or something! There must be a way to find the mine.

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  2. Hopefully someone will know what or where this mine is.

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  3. I fear it will always just be the "Mystery Mine."

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  4. Thanks T+L. For me, being a geologist, those are very evocative photographs.

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  5. And I was worried people would find them boring. Thanks Brett.

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  6. Boring? Never! A tremendous series of photographs taken in the year I was born.

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  7. Wonderful photographs : whatever they may have been mining then, it is memories now.

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  8. Fascinating. I'd love to know what they were mining for.

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  9. Worth zooming in to appreciate the detail. The young boys in photograph seven showing their affection/friendship for each other? Perhaps they were brothers.

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  10. They are far too clean looking for coal mining p perhaps a vein of copper or silver. A true mystery in time.

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  11. I love these old photos of the mine. I think they look like they're having fun.
    Nancy
    Ladies of the grove

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  12. These photos look like the historical photos of mines in California, Nevada, Colorado and other areas in the West. The trees are very much like what we have in our mountains out here. I'm guessing gold or silver. Great photos!

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  13. Wonderful mining display. I know it it neither coal nor iron ore mining. I think likely a CA, NV, or AZ, CO mine as whowere they suggested--gold, silver, copper? My guess is silver as 1937 is the year and the gold rush days were over. These photos display a serious adventure in rugged terrain. Thanks for showing them.

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  14. Oh my these photos are of a place that had to be a very big deal! What a great collection from your dad and to find out the entire story, well you could probably write a very cool piece on it for where ever it is! Great post as always, just love what you come up with! Very, awesome!

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  15. I figure the mine was in the Sierra foothills, gold country. And as others have said, I imagine they were searching for gold or silver. There's still a lot of gold up in them thar hills. It's being found all the time and it's believed only a small portion was taken out during the rush.

    All of these photos are from the George Kallman collection. None of the family is left. Neither George or Gladys had children. These photos were going to be tossed when my friend Bert stepped in and told the person that I was a collector.

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  16. These were such exciting photos to see. My father, his father, and his grandfather dug a coal mine on their property in Pennsylvania in 1910s-1920s. There are no photographs but yours make me wonder if there was any similarity between George's father's mine and my father's mine. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  17. Great photos, hopefully one day you'll find out where they were taken.

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  18. looks like a lot of hard work to me. i'd like to say i hope it was not all for naught, but since you don't know what it was for, i guess the venture didn't amount to much and was forgotten...

    still...
    good luck finding out any answer about this.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  19. Very interesting photos..there must be a story there..too bad it is almost lost:)

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