Tuesday, August 3, 2010
This picture was taken in 1938, and shows the Company Store in the coal mining town of Caples, West Virginia. Company stores extended credit to workers in the mine. The stores typically charged exorbitant prices. Typically it cost more to shop at the Company Store than what the miners earned. This created a form of indentured servitude, in that at any given time, the miners typically owed money to the story.