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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

M.P. Wolcott

Major Miner: 1938

Major Miner: 1938

September 1938. Capels, West Virginia. "Coal miner waiting for lift home." Last seen here, six years ago. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Chill Tonic: 1940

Chill Tonic: 1940

August 1940. "Port Gibson, Mississippi." Habitues of the Dreamboat Inn, last seen here. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Osage Spot: 1938

Osage Spot: 1938

September 1938. "Storefront in mining town of Osage, West Virginia." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Neighbors: 1938

Neighbors: 1938

September 1938. "House, Negro and white section, Charleston, West Virginia." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Crush vs. Crown: 1940

Crush vs. Crown: 1940

August 1940. "Natchez, Mississippi, grocery window." Illustrating the gradual accretion of soft-drink signage on retail stores like barnacles on the hull of a ship. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Merry and Bright: 1938

Merry and Bright: 1938

December 1938. "Negro home near Charleston, South Carolina." The little gunslinger wearing a "Buck Jones" cowboy outfit. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Rest in Moss: 1938

Rest in Moss: 1938

December 1938. "Church graveyard near Summerville, South Carolina." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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