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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

M.P. Wolcott

Aunt Sally: 1939

Aunt Sally: 1939

May 1939 in Gee's Bend, Alabama. "Aunt Sally, old midwife, the only doctor or nurse in Gee's Bend before project was started." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

 

The Red Truck: 1940

The Red Truck: 1940

Field workers in Mississippi circa 1940. View full size. 35mm color transparency by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Laredo: 1941

Laredo: 1941

August 1941. Laredo, Montana. "Farm Security Administration borrower and 2 of his children." View full size. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott.

 

Convergence: 1941

Convergence: 1941

September 1941. "Ranch mailbox near Farson, Wyoming." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.

 

Gee's Bend: 1939

Gee's Bend: 1939

May 1939. "Old cable ferry between Camden and Gee's Bend, Alabama." 35mm negative by Marion Post Wolcott, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pure as Sunlight: 1939

Pure as Sunlight: 1939

Spring 1939. Street scene along the main thoroughfare in Greensboro, Georgia. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA. Note that the cop in the Coca-Cola sign seems to have been literally defaced.

 

Come Blow Your Horn: 1941

Come Blow Your Horn: 1941

January 1941. Another view of the Sarasota, Florida, trailer park concert posted yesterday. View full size. Medium-format negative by Marion Post Wolcott.

 
 
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