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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DON'T TALK LOOSELY TO STRANGERS

M.P. Wolcott

Wash Walker: 1939

Wash Walker: 1939

        For millions of women across America in the first half of the 20th century, working from home might mean "taking in wash" for another family.

November 1939. "Negro woman carrying laundry home along highway between Durham and Mebane, North Carolina." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Jolly Rancher: 1941

Jolly Rancher: 1941

September 1941. "Frank E. Hagemeister, treasurer of the cooperative association on Scottsbluff Farmsteads, Farm Security Administration project. He has been here since 1937. He came from around Crawford, Nebraska, an extremely dry section with no irrigation." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Infinite West: 1941

Infinite West: 1941

September 1941. "Buena Vista, Colorado (vicinity). The Sawatch mountains." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Silent Night: 1940

Silent Night: 1940

March 1940. "Center of town. Woodstock, Vermont. Snowy night." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

New West: 1941

New West: 1941

August 1941. "Stockmen on street corner outside bar 'The Mint.' Sheridan, Wyoming." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Duplex Hovel: 1938

Duplex Hovel: 1938

September 1938. "Home of old and sick mine foreman and WPA worker and their families. Charleston, W.Va." Including he youngsters seen earlier here and here. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Tot Box: 1936

Tot Box: 1936

September 1938. "WPA (Works Progress Administration) worker's children with toys in their play yard. South Charleston, West Virginia." Last seen here. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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