The U.S. Postal Service will issue a coal miner stamp in August to honor the men and boys who mined coal in Northeastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the country.Namey, a union shop steward affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers of America (UFCWA) 1776, is a representative for Wine and Spirits workers from Hazleton to Old Forge. He and others were planning an all-out push for signatures on a petition they were going to give to the Postal Service Committee in charge of selecting various 46-cent Forever stamps. The group was going to ask again for a coal miner stamp.
A campaign for such a stamp began about 30 years ago in a Wilkes-Barre elementary school, Namey said, and several people – including legislators – picked up on the idea.A postal bulletin says the stamp will be part of series of 12 stamps called \”Made in America: Building a Nation\” to be available sometime in August.Eleven of the 12 stamp images were taken by photographer Lewis Hine, a chronicler of early 20th century industry.
Other stamps include an airplane maker, a man on a derrick, a millinery apprentice and a man hoisting a ball on the Empire State Building, a man at a linotype in a publishing house, a welder, a riveter, a powerhouse mechanic, a railroad track walker, a textile worker and a man guiding a beam on the Empire State Building.There are five sheets available. Each one contains the same stamps but is anchored by a different selvage photograph. The coal miner\’s image is from the Kansas Historical Society.