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September 1938. "Miners' wives coming home from town with groceries on payday near Mohegan, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.
September 1938. "Kewpie doll bathing girls for sale along main highway near Charleston, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. Library of Congress.
September 1938. Westover, West Virginia. Marion Post Wolcott and her intrepid camera head downstairs: "Miner takes shower, which he built in the cellar of his home." View full size. Medium-format negative, Farm Security Administration.
September 1938. Granville, West Virginia. "Coal miner's sons watch aerial trapeze artists at outdoor carnival. Large event and only outdoor amusement during the year." Nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA. View full size.
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