Marion Post Wolcott made a name for herself as a photojournalist in the 30s, before she was hired by the Farm Security Administration. Wolcott was among a number of FSA photographers who were given early samples of Kodachrome (early color) film. Juke Joint, Melrose, Louisiana (1940) gives us a rare peek at the era's brightly colored signage. Patrons of this combo bar/gas station/store, likely came from the nearby Melrose Plantation: the first plantation built by and for free African Americans. Wolcott used her social connections to penetrate racial divides, and photographed juke joints across the south. This image exemplifies her formal mastery of photography and speaks to the personality that enabled her to contribute so much to the FSA collection.
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