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Marion Post Wolcott, America, (June 7, 1910–November 24, 1990)
Coal miner’s daughter carrying home can of kerosene to be used in oil lamps. Pursglove, Scott’s Run, West Virginia, 1938
Gelatin silver print on paper
8 3/4 x 12 in. (22.2 x 30.5 cm)

Object Type: Photography
Technique: Gelatin silver Process
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Blasgen, in honor of of Sharon Walther Blasgen '64
Accession Number: 2018.17.2

The ghostly white figure of the young girl bends uncomfortably to the left against the weight of the kerosene can in her right hand. The road extending before the girl curves to the right in opposition to the child’s body, creating a beautiful composition. The fragility of the girl in the grimy and tattered dress stands out against the backdrop of the sturdy and angular coal-filled train cars.

Kaela Nurmi, Scripps 2015

"Marion Post Wolcott" on verso in pencil, lower right. Title in pencil with date (above); "Archivally processed by MPW 1982" (above). "30180 M2" (center)

gelatin silver print

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