Images of a 1939 coal-mining town’s playground for children (vintage video)

Children living in the coal mining town of Kempton, Maryland-West Virginia had difficulty finding a place to play as these photographs taken May 1939 by photographer John Vachon reveal.

Children playing in street of company town. Kempton, West Virginia

Children playing in street of company town. Kempton, West Virginia

 Children playing in street of company town, Kempton, West Virginia. Note open ditches

Children playing in street of company town, Kempton, West Virginia. Note open ditches kempton, WV

Children playing in street gutter in front of their home. Company coal townChildren playing in street gutter in front of their home. Company coal town, Kempton, West Virginia

Even the school playground was not very inviting next to the train tracks.

Playground, Kempton, West VirginiaPlayground, Kempton, West Virginia

School grounds in company-owned coal town Kempton, West VirginiaSchool grounds in company-owned coal town Kempton, West Virginia

But as everywhere, the children still managed a smile for the camera and have fun as seen in these photographs.

Schoolboys in coal town, Kempton, West Virginia

Schoolboys in coal town, Kempton, West Virginia

Schoolchildren in company-owned coal town, Kempton, West VirginiaSchoolchildren in company-owned coal town, Kempton, West Virginia

The Cemetery was on top of the hill behind the houses. The infant mortality rate was high Four new graves in cemetery at Kempton, West Virginia, coal town. The infant mortality rate in this town is very high

Grave. Kempton, West VirginiaGrave. Kempton, West Virginia. The cemetery is on the top of a hill behind the town

SOURCE

  1. Library of Congress

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