Paper or Aluminum Discs in Anthracite Coal Identifying the Coal Company

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Post By: rockwood » Sun. Oct. 24, 2010 9:11 pm

Richard S. wrote:Forget the name of them at the moment but they also had little hard paper discs they would throw in the coal. The discs would identify the source.
They used to do the same thing here. These are about the size of a quarter and are metal, aluminum I think because they're not magnetic.
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Post By: VigIIPeaBurner » Sun. Oct. 04, 2015 7:27 pm

tdemps wrote:Coal company trademarked their coal by adding color. Glen Alden breakers tinted their coal blue, Reading Anthracite speckled their coal red. Lots of other companies used little paper disks or rectangles mixed in with the coal. These were called "scatter tags".
One scatter tag that comes to mind was used at the Glen Burn Colliery in Shamokin. They were shaped like little red baseballs with the legend "Glen Burn, Ball of Fire". Some of these old tags turn up on ebay once in a while.
I was in Easton PA this afternoon and decided to wander through an antique store. I remembered reading this post from a few years ago and picked up a couple after bargaining with the shopkeeper.
I might go back and pick up a few tan Glen Burn tags. I have them in a display case next to my blue painted coal.

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