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Fill in the gap (circa 1965)

Ray Zell contributed labor editorial cartoons to the Mine Workers Journal, the official organ of the United Mine Workers of America. Those displayed here appeared in the pages of the Journal during the 1960s, though Zell's style was more reminiscent of earlier labor cartoonists such as Fred Wright (United Electrical Workers) and Bernard Seaman. Mine safety legislation, coal and national energy policy, and the solidarity of miners and their communities were prominent themes in Zell's editorial cartoons. His recurring cartoon character "Old Timer;" reminded present day miners that they owed a great debt to earlier generations of miners who had fought and achieved the economic and collective bargaining gains they now enjoyed.

 

Repository: Penn State Special Collections, University Park, PA, USA.

 

United Mine Workers of America Archives

Historical Collections and Labor Archives

Eberly Family Special Collections Library

Penn State University

 

Gift of the United Mine Workers of America

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Taken on March 9, 2012