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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

M.P. Wolcott

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.

 

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.

 
 
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