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Rocky Road: 1940

Rocky Road: 1940

September 1940. "Breathitt County school superintendent changing tire in streambed. South Fork of Kentucky River." The "Double Cola" Chevy seen earlier here and here. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, who is probably not getting any more rides with this fellow. View full size.

 

Gas Backward: 1940

Gas Backward: 1940

September 1940. "Mountaineers trying to pull school superintendent's car out of the creek with a mule. South Fork of the Kentucky River. Breathitt County." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Double Trouble: 1940

Double Trouble: 1940

September 1940. "Breathitt County, Kentucky. Car in which school superintendent and photographer went up South Fork of the Kentucky River to take pictures of conditions in rural schools." Medium format negative by the intrepid Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Dixie Whiskey: 1940

Dixie Whiskey: 1940

Sept. 1940. "Selling watermelons on Saturdays and court day in Jackson. Breathitt County, Kentucky." Cundiff’s restaurant and package store. Photo: Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Baby Doll: 1940

Baby Doll: 1940

September 1940. "Mountaineer with neighbor and her grandchildren on front porch of their home up Frozen Creek. Breathitt County, Kentucky." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

I Auto Be in Pictures: 1940

I Auto Be in Pictures: 1940

September 1940. "Car fording creek up Morris Fork of the Kentucky River." Actually oldsmobil­ing the creek, in this shot of intrepid photographer Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Syruping Off: 1940

Syruping Off: 1940

September 1940. "In the early fall during 'syruping off' time, many of the children stay home from school to eat the freshly boiled-down sorghum cane syrup. The cook usually goes to the various farms in the neighborhood and for his work takes a share of the syrup. On the highway between Jackson and Campton, Kentucky." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Out for Delivery: 1940

Out for Delivery: 1940

July 1940. "Rural mailman who has brought the mail to the crossroads transfers letters and packages to another postman's saddlebags. This rider takes the mail farther up the side road and creek beds where no wagon or car can go. In the mountain section near Morehead, Kentucky." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

D.C. J.C.C.: 1926

D.C. J.C.C.: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets N.W." In addition to being the year the JCC was completed, 1926 was also when Washington was equipped with traffic lights ("GO"). National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Drive In Here: 1925

Drive In Here: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "L Street Garage, between 17th and 18th on L Street N.W." The garage and adjacent Washington Accessories Co. store and gas station can also be seen in these photos. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

There Was a Crooked House: 1962

There Was a Crooked House: 1962

Shorpy being the Historic American Photo Archive, and me being American and at this point in my life historic, I present from my archive a nighttime photo experiment I performed in winter 1962 while a teenage camera geek. This is how I made this time-exposure of our Larkspur, California house: I turned on all the lights in the front-facing rooms, also those on the porches and front walk, and added one more (my desk lamp) below the front porch. I set up the camera (an old c. 1920 folding job) in the cactus garden, opened the shutter, ran down to the bottom of that stairway and wrote out my name with a little flashlight, then ran back up and closed the shutter. Voilà! I used that old camera, a Kodak Folding Autographic Brownie 2A, because it was the only one around the house then that could take time exposures. No tripod receptacle, so I had to balance it on something or other. (I know it's winter because of the burlap sacks covering the lantana for frost protection. Oh, and before you ask, no, we're not related to the Addams family.) Scanned from the original "116" 2½ x 4¼ negative, slightly cropped at top. View full size.

London Bridge: 1940

London Bridge: 1940

June 1940. "Supervised play hour for younger children in assembly building at Osceola migratory labor camp. Belle Glade, Florida." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Saints & Sodas: 1940

Saints & Sodas: 1940

June 1940. "Natchitoches, Louisiana -- drug store." McClung Drug, "Burial place of St. Denis." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Modern Mail: 1917

Modern Mail: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "U.S. Mail trucks -- Parcel Post delivery." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Gas for the Masses: 1908

Gas for the Masses: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Gas office, first floor, looking back; cashier windows at right." The lobby of the Detroit City Gas Company. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
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