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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

M.P. Wolcott

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.

 

Warming Up: 1941

Warming Up: 1941

January 1941. Band composed of guests at a trailer park in Sarasota, Florida. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Marion Post Wolcott.

 

Life Is but a Dream: 1941

Life Is but a Dream: 1941

February 1941. Singing and music for agricultural workers' children in a new day nursery for the Okeechobee migratory labor camp at Belle Glade, Florida. Medium-format safety negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 
 
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