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All the Trimmings: 1939

All the Trimmings: 1939

November 1939. "Negroes cut each other's hair in front of plantation store after being paid off on Saturday. Mileston Plantation, Mississippi Delta." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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