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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

M.P. Wolcott

Ashwood: 1939

Ashwood: 1939

May 1939. "Second and third grade children being made up for their Negro song and dance at May Day-Health Day festivities." Ashwood Plantations, South Carolina. View full size. Photograph by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.

 

Matinee: 1939

Matinee: 1939

"Belzoni, Miss., in the Delta area. Oct. 1939. Negro man entering movie theater by 'Colored' entrance." Photo and caption by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin'

June 1940. Cajun boys fishing in the bayou near Schriever, Louisiana, not far from the Terrebonne Parish School. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Marion Post Wolcott, Farm Security Administration.

 

Migrant Homes: 1941

Migrant Homes: 1941

Houses and abandoned cars of migratory workers in Belle Glade, Fla., January 1941. View full size.

 

Royal Crown: 1941

Royal Crown: 1941

Migratory workers by a "juke joint" in Belle Glade, Fla. Signs advertise Atlantic Ale and Beer, Royal Crown Cola and Nehi. 35mm Kodachrome color transparency photographed in February 1941 by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Child of migratory workers

Child of migratory workers

February 1939. "Child of migratory packinghouse workers. Belle Glade, Florida." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.

 
 
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