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I STOPPED BY AN ESTATE SALE NOT LONG AGO, and apparently the owner had spent a career with Peabody Coal. In a bag, for 25¢ was a good handful of mining safety stickers and other such crack’n’peel items for mining equipment, oils, lubricants, tools and whatever. Miners, I understand, saw it as a certain sign of experience and longevity that their helmet be covered in these stickers. In fact, they often traded with each other and paid some pretty big bucks for rare and unique stickers, especially stickers from other mines in other states. Like any collectible, lame and overly-plentiful stickers were often passed over for the better ones of more significance.

So, I scanned this sack’o stickers for you— for a quick look back at 1980’s mining sticker design and culture. I am going to call it Sans Serif Brutalism. Enjoy.

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