Miner’s Double Buckle Boots


Since trousers tend to be the first piece of clothing that suffers from day to day wear, workers came up with some pretty inventive ways to keep their clothing in the best of shape as possible.

If one looks closely at these photos of five male employees of the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company in Colorado (circa: 1910-1930), some of the miners have ankle boots similar to the M43 US combat boot.

Boots with ankle gaiters were sometimes worn by workers in the early 20th century in order to prevent the trousers from getting caught up in debris, branches, etc.


This ad from the mid-to late 1920s also shows an example of the double buckle boots from the era.

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Striking Miners

These are a series of photographs of striking miners in WV by Horydczak, Theodor, ca. 1920. Hopefully, these will help give more examples of what sort of clothing was worn at the time.

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1910s Sack Coat

The Sack Coat was the “uniform” of early 20th century working class persons. The sack coat refers to any sort of man’s hiplength coat with a straight back. The earliest known examples date back to the 1840s and was the main style of coat used by Union soldiers during the American Civil War. By the late nineteenth century distinctive characteristics of this coat included a small collar, short lapels, a fastened top button close to the neck and had a slightly baggy appearance. Most work coats would have 3 to 4 patch pockets on them and would have been made out of cotton but wool is always a good option to use as well.

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