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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Marion Post Wolcott

Pale Driver: 1941

Pale Driver: 1941

January 1941. "Guest at Sarasota, Florida, trailer park washing his car." This would be Mr. White from Virginia. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Meet the Lulofs: 1941

Meet the Lulofs: 1941

January 1941. "Guests at Sarasota, Florida, trailer park." Mr. and Mrs. L. Lulof of Grand Haven, Michigan. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

OK Grocery: 1939

OK Grocery: 1939

January 1939. "Grocery store in Negro section. Homestead, Florida." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Cotton Queen: 1940

Cotton Queen: 1940

May 1940. "Cotton carnival. Memphis, Tennessee." Waiting for her Royal Crown. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Short Subjects: 1938

Short Subjects: 1938

September 1938. " 'It's a dirty gyp,' say the mine workers' sons in the penny arcade at outdoor carnival. Granville, West Virginia." Stepstools helpfully provided for the shorter cineastes. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Trailer Queen: 1941

Trailer Queen: 1941

January 1941. "Guest at Sarasota, Florida, trailer park, beside her garden made of shells and odds and ends. The camp has garden club for members organized for the purpose of making the surroundings attractive." So, not all the girls in Florida around 1940 were picking tomatoes. Some were the tomatoes. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Boogie Woogie: 1940

The Boogie Woogie: 1940

June 1940. "Some of the younger Osceola migratory camp members who have come to the Belle Glade post office for their mail." From photos by Marion Post Wolcott documenting a Farm Security Administration camp for migrants working in Florida's vegetable fields and tomato canneries. View full size.

 
 
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