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A close-up view of the "Blue Coal".  I've never seen blue coal "in the wild" but I've read that it was about the color of billiard cue chalk - which this certainly is.  Blue coal was "anthracite" - a clean-burning coal mined in Pennsylvania and well-suited for home heating back in the day.  The coal was often sprayed while it is being crushed and processed.  The purpose was to cut down on dust and to help the coal flow evenly.  In the late 1920's one company started using blue color in the spray as a marketing gimmick.  It must have been effective because soon other companies offered other colors.  Incidentally, if you have heard of blue coal already then you may be old enough to remember the radio serial "The Shadow" sponsored by... Blue Coal.

A close-up view of the "Blue Coal". I've never seen blue coal "in the wild" but I've read that it was about the color of billiard cue chalk - which this certainly is. Blue coal was "anthracite" - a clean-burning coal mined in Pennsylvania and well-suited for home heating back in the day. The coal was often sprayed while it is being crushed and processed. The purpose was to cut down on dust and to help the coal flow evenly. In the late 1920's one company started using blue color in the spray as a marketing gimmick. It must have been effective because soon other companies offered other colors. Incidentally, if you have heard of blue coal already then you may be old enough to remember the radio serial "The Shadow" sponsored by... Blue Coal.