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Lot 0012B
The 46 pieces comprising the Century Dollar Collection capture slices of history under glass, creating “instant heirlooms” for future generations. Using archival quality materials and techniques, framed genuine 100-year-old newspaper pages cover the most interesting events at the turn of the 20th Century. Combined with Morgan silver dollars and sometimes other coins and artifacts, the resulting collages arrest history in the making and are beautiful works of art. These are museum-quality pieces, each one unique.DRIVER BOYS (Phil. Evening Telegraph, September 8, 1900)Left 1900-P MS-64; Right(Rev) 1900-0 MS-64; (Plus encapsulated anthracite coal pieces at bottom); SIZE: 32 ½ X 23 ½ The anthracite (hard coal) mine strike in Pennsylvania in 1900 prompted many front-page articles in major newspapers. The headline under the photograph reads: "DRIVER BOYS START BIG STRIKE IN MINES." The sub-heading states: "The Youngsters at Tunnel Drift Go Out for an Increase of Ten cents a Day in Their Wages - - General Strike Will Be Ordered Today." This photo of 20 boys with smooth faces and bemused expressions suggests the innocence of youth against the bleak setting of shovels, lunch pails, lamp hats and a dinner bell. Then there is "Naughty Jackie," the boy at the left bottom corner grasping his shovel between his legs in a provocative manner, lending a deep sense of humanity to this sad scene of child labor. Anthracite coal pieces, the end-product of the boys' labor driving mules through coal tunnels, are encapsulated at the bottom of the collage.

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Century Dollar Framed Art piece Collage

Estimate $100 - $200Aug 31, 2016
Biddeford, ME, USA