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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

M.P. Wolcott

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.

 

Fresh Picked: 1939

Fresh Picked: 1939

February 1939. "Young couple, migrant laborers, who work in packinghouse at Canal Point, Florida." The girl seen earlier here. Medium-format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Canal Point: 1939

Canal Point: 1939

February 1939. "Migrant labor. Young packinghouse workers. Canal Point, Florida." Two of the thousands of young people who during the Great Depression found themselves picking or packing produce and living in a tent camp. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Car Culture: 1939

Car Culture: 1939

February 1939. "Migrant laborer's family near Canal Point packinghouse, Florida." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

The Happy Hendersons: 1941

The Happy Hendersons: 1941

October 1941. Radford, Virginia. "Mrs. M.B. Henderson, wife of a defense worker, and their daughter, who live in Sunset Village FSA (Farm Security Administration) project." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Porch Mechanic: 1941

Porch Mechanic: 1941

October 1941. "Radford, Virginia. Sunset Village, Farm Security Administration housing project. Fred B. Williams from Savannah, Georgia, cleaning car distributor on the porch of his home, 803 9th Street." Medium format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Fresh Cut: 1939

Fresh Cut: 1939

February 1939. "Packinghouse workers in migrant labor camp near Canal Point, Florida. Some of them are from Missouri and Arkansas. No water, no light, no sanitary facilities." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 
 
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