Moving from one coal mine to the next was quite common for miners of small coal mines.
Changing coal mines also meant changing residences.
The couple illustrated here seems to be quite equipped to move,
considering many miners of the time often moved only with the shirts on their backs.
Rental agencies in medium and large sized coal mines loaned out basic necessities such as futon mattresses,
mosquito nets, picks and other household items.
Unmarried single miners were optimistic as they thought if they just set out for a coal mine's chimney, they could find food and shelter.