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Train in Coal Town, Jack Savitsky, 1968

Many folk artists get their start late in life as a way to keep themselves occupied after retirement. They bring rich memories and personal views of the world to their subjects. Jack Savitsky shows a train bringing workers to the mines of Silver Creek, the coal town in Pennsylvania where he grew up. He worked in the mines more than 35 years before health issues forced him to retire in 1959.


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Savitsky born Silver Creek, PA 1910, died Coaldale, PA 1991

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Taken on March 3, 2010