King Coal at Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum

Sharing the Common Wealth showcases objects, artifacts, documents, structures and buildings from the collections of PHMC.

During its centennial in 1946, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company commissioned Jerome George Rozen (1895-1987) to create King Coal which illustrated an advertisement, “More Wonders Than Aladdin’s Lamp,” in Coal Age magazine. Rozen – whose twin brother George Jerome (1895-1974) was also an illustrator – worked for a number of publishers and magazines, among them The Shadow, Boys’ Life, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. He eventually entered the advertising industry where he spent fifteen years creating works for Mail Pouch tobacco and billboards for the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company and Shell Gasoline. The centerpiece of a long-term exhibition at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum in Scranton, , Lackawanna County, King Coal celebrates the contributions of anthracite – and those who mined it.