Marion Post Wolcott

Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 12:46:12 -0400

Dear Linda,
I am writing from PBS in New York where I am working on a documentary for American Masters about Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller.  Marion took a beautiful portrait of the Group Theatre when Kazan was young.  This was published in Kazan's autobiography and now we are hoping to include it in our documentary.  Please help us to understand how to get permissions and how to get a good print.  We are on a tight schedule and need to find out this information as soon as possible.  Thank you for your efforts.

Yours sincerely,
Lori Federman

From: lori federman <>

Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 14:37:32 -0400

I am an intern at Firelight Media, a company that makes documentaries, in New York. The documentary we are currently working on is about the Emmett Till murder. We saw phootos by Marion Post Wolcott in the book  "Dark Journey" Black Mississippians in t?e Age of Jim Crow by Neil R. McMillen. We are inerested in previewing/ ordering photos that may be relevent to Mississippi and Chicago in the 1950's, particularly 1955. I would greatly appreciate  any information you have on how to access. Marion Post Wolcott's work. Thank you for your time.

Akilah Kweli

From: Akilah Kweli <>

Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 16:12:48 -0400

I was too quick in my e-mail to you and have not read your rememberances...wonderful and thoughtful.  Is there a book with all of you photos that I might purchase somewhere?  Thank you for your help.

Penny Wood

From: Penny Wood <>

Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 15:50:09 -0400

Yesterday I was in the Monterey Museum of Art and for the first time discovered Marion Post Wolcott.  The piece was "Woodstock", a wonder snow-covered barn.  I am going to find as much as I can on the internet as her work is so intriguing.  I'm not sure of your relationship with her but thank you for sharing her with us.

Penny Wood
Carmel Valley, Calif.

From: Penny Wood <>

Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 16:09:23 -0400

Dear Ms Wolcott-Moore,

Only yesterday I discovered the artist, Marion Post Wolcott, while reviewing the FSA Woodstock, Vermont photographs on the Library of Congress website. Several months ago I began digitally restoring and colorizing old black & white photographs from about 1840 to the 1960s. My particular interest is to reveal that our history wasn't one of scratched, yellowed and fading images, but that of a vibrant people. During a search for historical subject matter, I came upon a photograph Marion took of a snowy Woodstock, Vermont street in 1940. At the time, I had no clue as to its origins, except that it was FSA. I used a photo restoration program on my computer, and painted a color version of the photo for myself. That image has graced my computer's desktop screen for the past two months.

Yesterday, I thought it would be nice to send this colorized version as a jpeg file to the Chamber of Commerce of Woodstock as a present, since I liked the picture so much, and thought they would, too. So I went on the Library of Congress website to locate the picture again, so I could let them know the name of the photographer, should there be one listed. Then I found the entire series of Woodstock photos Marion made in March 1940. I was very impressed by the mood expressed by the images, and I still had no idea who the photographer was. I found her name listed as Marion Post Wolcott, so I put her name in a search engine, and was amazed at the number of websites containing her works. I found your site during this search, as well.

I would like to send you a jpeg file of the Woodstock photo I colorized. I now realize it is a famous photograph, not that of an unknown person, as I'd previously assumed, so this may be akin to putting lipstick on the Mona Lisa, or arms on the Venus De Milo. But,in March I was merely trying to take a photographic image I liked to see how it might have appeared that night, had I been standing there.

If it's alright, may I have your email address, so I can send the picture to you as an attachment?

Sincerely Yours,
David Chrenko

From: David Chrenko <>

Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 22:04:12 -0500


Dear Ms. Wolcott-Moore:

A colleague and myself are doing a book on the FSA/OWI photographers in Pennsylvania. Your mother took photographs in that state, but there are problems with the dating of the photographs from different sources. Most of the Pennsylvania photographs have a June 1939 date, but there are Pennsylvania photographs with June? 1939, May 1941, and May? 1941. There are also Pittsburgh photographs with an Aug. 1941 date. From the research that I have done there is some doubt in my mind whether she could have been in Pennsylvania in June 1939, and also whether the Pittsburgh photographs could have been taken in August 1941. However, if she did not take the photographs at those times, then the question is when did she? From the sources that I have consulted there is no clear answer. Except for two caption lists I have found nothing in the correspondence with Stryker, or any other source that mentions Pennsylvania. I have developed a more complete document on the dating problems, especially with regard to Pennsylvania, and would be glad to share it with you if you sent me your e-mail address. I was wondering whether you did have anything in your archives that would touch on your mother's work in Pennsylvania. It is just coincidental to all of this that I am a resident of Santa Barbara. Thank you for any information that you can supply.

Allen Cohen

From: Allen Cohen <>

Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 22:15:54 -0500

I just saw Negroes Jitterbugging in a Juke Joint, Clarksdale Mississippi at the museum of Fine Arts in St Pete FL. I spent part of a day in Clarksdale MS last year looking at blues stuff. The photo is fascinating and brought together the whole trip.

From: john a mazzello <>

Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 19:10:26 -0500


I am interested in learning more about Marion Post Wolcott.
I understand that her sister Helen was also a photographer.
At the present, I am conducting research for an upcoming
article on women photographers of the West who were sisters.
Any information on their common interests and even
collaborations--if any--would be much appreciated. Thank you.

From: Suzanna Urminska <>

Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 14:11:36 -0500

Dear Mrs. Moore. I just found your mothers work on the library of congress site. In it were some pictures of the Two Rivers co-op at Waterloo NE. I lived at the Co-op in 1942 and my family was able to buy one of the farms when the co-op was broken up in 1944. These pictures brought back many memories,seeing many of the people that I grew up with in a Library Of Congress site. Awesome photos.

From: Darrell Rowell <>

Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 08:19:13 -0500

Dear Ms. Wolcott-Moore: I just came across your web page and am delighted. A long admirer of Post Wolcott's work (I have owned several LoC reprints for years), I wanted you to know of a modest exhibition I have curated that will open Jan. 14, 2002 at Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio entitled "Dorothea Lange / Marion Post Wolcott: FSA Photographs (Jan 14 - June 16, 2002). Dr. Naomi Rosenblum has been engaged to speak on the 24 works in the show (12 LoC reprints from each)and deliver a public lecture on American Women Photographers on Tuesday, May 14, 2002. I hope you might reply by e-mail, when you have a moment. I very much want to send you both an electronic announcement - jpeg and a few postcards of the announcement we just had produced.

I regret I never had an opportunity to meet or speak with your mother, although Beverly W. Brannan at the Library of Congress encouraged me to do so in the late 1980's. I taught Photography at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia (1988-89) and produced a large body of color landscape images, somewhat critical of the urban sprawl that was occurring at that time in the Central Shenandoah Valley. I ordered two of Ms. Post Wolcott's images (split rail fence and man plowing in the Shenandoah Valley) to open my exhibition -  was very effective. Know that your mother's work has finally receiving its due and our little exhibition, I trust, will give her a bit of exposure here in central Ohio.

I hope you might take a moment and drop me a reply.
Sincerely yours,

Fredrik Marsh, MFA
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Art
Battelle Fine Arts Center
Otterbein College
Westerville, OH  43081

From: Fredrik Marsh <>

Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 18:23:57 -0500

Greetings Linda,
What a wonderful tribute to an outstanding woman. How fortunate to have such a gifted Mom. I loved reading the bio and what you remembered about your Mom and her photos are fantastic! Actually, I am writing you for another reason, I obtained your name from Erin Garcia at SFMOMA when I requested some information about Jack Welpott. She suggested I contact you about a portfolio that Jack donated to SFMOMA (Portfolio X 1983) because Jack donated the same one to the new museum opening January 2002 on the campus of State Fair Community College (Sedalia, MO). I helped with the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art's website and when I researched Jack Welpott, he emailed me back and told me he actually had lived in Sedalia, MO for several years in the late 1920's so he was delighted that one of his photographs had found its way to our museum since he had such fond memories of Sedalia. Jack decided to generously donate the same portfolio as SFMOMA and MOMA possess and we were needing a value for insurance purposes and to give Jack (though he hasn't asked) the correct form for his taxes. We are a small staff and no one is capable of appraising this fantastic portfolio that we are elated to have so I am asking for your help, Linda. If you can help me resolve this dilemma I would be so appreciative. Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to offer, Linda. Cordially,
Nancy Weant  or
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art

From: Nancy Weant <>

Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 22:23:10 -0500

I have fallen in love with the "Jitterbugging 1939" photo which took place in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Could you tell me how I can obtain a copy of that photo and the cost.   The photo was taken by Marion Post Wolcott L/C52594

From: Dorothy Russell <>

Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 11:04:51 -0500

Linda - Thoroughly enjoyed your site and all the wonderful work you have done. The rich heritage left by your mother is obviously in very good hands!  Congratulations and best regards.

From: Rachel Newman <>

Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 22:41:09 -0400

Dear Ms. Wolcott-Moore,
I am a graduate student at the University of Arizona in the History of Photography and I am the Ansel Adams intern at the Center for Creative Photography.  I am doing some research on Ms. Post-Wolcott and I am having a difficult time trying to find out where her FSA photographs were published during the Depression.  Do you know which newspapers/magazines/publications published her photographs?  Is this information anywhere to be found?  I have become enamored with Ms. Post-Wolcott's work, and I would love to do further research on her photographs.
Thank you for your help!

From: Courtney Hamrick <>

Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 17:42:58 -0400

Ms. Wolcott-Moore,

Your mother's photographs are wonderful. I took a study break (law school) to look at photographs and came upon the Fixing Shadows site.

It'll be a spell until I'm able to buy art, but I am curious how I might someday track down a print of the African-American women with the baby carriage.

Thanks and take care,

From: m.k.hey <>

Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 23:41:58 -0400

Hi, Linda
I put out a newsletter called Post notes and wonder if I might have permission to put the biographical sketch of Marion Post Wolcott in an upcoming issue and also point to your website for those who may want prints?

Debbie Harper

From: Debbie Harper <>

Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2001 13:30:14 -0400

Dear Ms.Wolcott-Moore,

The Greenbelt Museum in Greenbelt Maryland is mounting an exhibition entitled “Perfect Victims, Perfect Patriots,” in November 2001 which will feature FSA photography.  Marion Post Wolcott took many pictures of Greenbelt and we are featuring her in this exhibit.  I am interested in getting a print of the portrait of Marion Post Wolcott from 1934 by Trude Fleischmannm, which is featured on this web site.  If you could send me a price list I would be interested in obtaining this image.

Thank you,
Jill Parsons St.John
Curator/Director of Historical Programs
Greenbelt Museum

From: Jill Parsons-St.John <>

Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 13:56:45 -0400

I am looking for photos and information about Alabama, 1933-1939. Do you have any ideas for me. Ancestors named Allen and Roach from Alababa, Kentucy, Tennessee?

From: Vivian Allen <>

Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 06:51:06 -0400

Hi Linda,
I just stumbled on this web site. Am also realizing that today is your BD. Have a Happy One!

From: Gail <>

Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 11:58:13 -0400

I hope you can read Besty Hester's scan. On my Post card the w in Wollcott has a slant at the end of the w and the two tt (one smaller than the other) are both crossed with a single slant going upward through the ts.
I e-mailed my daughter in Yorba Linda cal the web site of yours and the Library of congress web page. She is into B&W and has been taking classes. I hope she will be inspired by your mothers work.She has taken some really nice b&w.
Thanks again
Johnny Lowry
Bristol Va.

From: Johnny Lowry <>

Date: Sat, 26 May 2001 07:10:50 -0400

I have been trying to identify a B&W post card. It is a photo of Assembly Inn-Montreat N.C. Across the Front in handwriting is Assembly Inn=Montreat N.C. Wolcott. No information on back. I have an exact duplicate post card without script on front published by Mountain Retreat association, Montreat, N.C. Both cards have a natural finish. Looking for a SIGNATURE OF MARION WOLCOTT TO SEE IF
if it matches. The old cars are early thirties.
Thank you

From: Johnny Lowry <>

Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 05:07:34 -0400

It's very interesting to watch so many family pictures, and it encourages me.

From: jthong99 --- <>

Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 14:14:19 -0400

Dear Linda Wolcott-Moore:
 Thank you very much for this beautiful commemoration of your
mother's life and work.  I studied her FSA work for a class here at
Harvard a few years ago, and was thrilled to introduce my classmates to
her work.  To me her landscapes remain the most moving and beautiful
of any  I have seen--in them I sense such a deep connection with
people, with the earth, and with life itself.
Yours sincerely,
Mary Guillemette
50 Fayerweather
Cambridge, MA  02138

From: Mary Guillemette --- <>

Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 00:08:26 -0400

User comments for MPW's site

I've carried around for many years a small magazine copy of
Marion Post Wolcott's evocative "Woodstock, Vermont, 1940."
It reminds me so much of my childhood in small towns of New
York.  Is it possible to obtain a copy of this beautiful
photograph?  Thank you.

From: Joan Austin --- <>

Date: Thrs, 19 Apr 2001

Linda Wolcott Moore:

I very much enjoyed finding and viewing your MPW web site.
I don't know why I never searched the web before.  I do however
have a question for you--I don't really think you have the
answer, but I wouldn't feel right not asking.

I have done some work on one of her FSA pictures (please see
my web site at <>)
and am still trying to find the identity of the little boy sitting
in the log cabin doorway and the specific location of the cabin.
Please explore the site and if you have any ideas about where
I could find out more information, I would love to hear them.


Wes Morgan

From: Wes Morgan --- <>

Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 23:56:17 -0400

Hi Linda,
I tried to contact you about 2 years ago concerning how to obtain some signed prints.  I did not hear from you probably because you must receive quite a bit of emails.  Anyway at that time I was a student (older and nontraditional) and was taking a photography class.  I chose Marion Post Wolcott as my project and for a presentation.  This web page was extremely helpful and I thank you for it.  Marion Wolcott is one of my very favorite photographers and I really like the "Biscuit Lady"  photograph.  I would appreciate very much hearing from you. Thank you very much.  :o)
Brenda White

From: Brenda White --- <>

Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 12:27:23 -0400

Hi I think your work is wonderful

From: Bob Dole --- <>

Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 14:42:19 -0500


My wife and I recently purchased the Loudoun County farmhouse in which you you grew up.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading "My Early Years With MPW", it deepens my appreciation for our future home.  We currently have no children and live in a Chicago suburb; our plans are to move to the farm house and start our family in the next couple of years. The Schrenks, who have lived in the house for the prior 30 years, will continue living there until we are ready to move.  I would enjoy talking to you sometime about the house and your time there. We already love the home although at this point we have only started planting our orchards and clearing some of the overgrowth; I'm sure learning more about the history of the house will strengthen our bond to our future home.

From: Durwood hill --- <>

Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 10:19:52 -0500


I am contacting you from Hewlett-Packard in Spain. We are interested in printing here in Spain 3-4 images from America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia and/or New Zealand and the other islands. These images we are looking for are for decorating VIP rooms in an HP building. We would like to have very good images representing the area (city and country and animals). We prefer not to have people on the images.

Please, let me know if you would like to cooperate with us and what price we should be paying for doing this.

We're always in need of images, so we were wondering too if you're interested in this kind of collaboration.

Please, let us know your thoughts as soon as you can.

Thanks so much in advance.
Kind regards,


From: maribel pinillos --- <>

Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 13:58:04 -0500

Just happened upon your page while looking at some info on Marion.  Great site and very informative.

Also, do you have an updated link or email for Linda Wolcott-Moore for info on signed prints.


From: Mike McDonald --- <>

Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 17:52:01 -0500

Hi, I congratulate you for such a magnificent job.  I´m just trying to learn english.  I´m from Guatemala.  Since two years ago I practice photography, however, in Guatemala we have no good schools to learn this art.  I´d read some book about photography, but I´m in the point that I become stopped in increasing my knowledges about photograph.  Please, in you recommed me some places in the web, or want to send me some tips to imrpove my techinique, I will really apreciate this matter.  Greetings from Guatemala...Danilo Aquino, a Photograph lover.(sorry for my bad English)

From: Danilo Aquino  --- <>

Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2001 14:28:35 -0500


Thanks so much for your quick and thorough response!

If you have a copy of the letter than your mother sent to Stryker in January of 1939 (no exact date) where she talks about her interactions with "Miss Lowry" I would love to have a copy of it. I have notes from reading it in Washington, but some how missed the part about collecting the Christmas greens.

There oftentimes are differences between progressive, humanist "folks" and religious folks. The woman your mother met, "Miss Lowry" was actually a rather progressive person herself. She was the director of large women's interdenominational women's organization that had been working with migrant labors all over the country since 1920. She lived in New York City and wrote rather sophisticated pamphlets about rural poverty--using lots government statistics and FSA photographs. Lowry published Dorothea Lange's photos in her church materials a year before Lange and Taylor published them themselves. I don't think Miss Lowry ever married, and she worked on migrant issues until she died in 1970. The two women were about the same age and marital status, had similar humanistic sentiments, but different notions about what might make a difference to the migrants.

One of the things that I want to say is that (not surprisingly) people misunderstand each other because they work off of common stereotypes. Your mother was frustrated by delays and attitudes--and couldn't see the work that this woman and her organization was doing. It was a part of the move of the 30s--to turn away from private agencies (who were floundering in the Depression) and toward the state to address economic problems. Young people were frustrated with religion not only because it seemed old fashion and patronistic, but fascist and dogmatic--as you mention in your letter. There was hope in the government to do something--a hope that now-a-days we're pretty cynical about. But in the 30s, New Dealers were enthusiastic about possibilities. But, you know all of this.

I would be honored to send you a copy of my book when it is published. In the meantime, you might want to look at the photographic exhibition that I have curated and which is travelling around the US. Here is the web address and you can click on hyperlinks in it to see some of the photographs I used. For instance, the Baptism one you have on your site.

So, if you have a copy of that letter, I'd love to see the whole text!

Colleen McDannell
Professor of History

Dept. of History
University of Utah
380 South 1400 East Room 211
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0311

From: Colleen McDannell --- <Colleen.McD@M.CC.Utah.Edu>

Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 16:32:18 -0500

Dear Ms. Wolcott-Moore,

My name is Colleen McDannell and I am a professor of history at the University of Utah.  Currently I am working on a book, to be published by Yale Univ. Press, about the FSA photographs.  My area of specialty is American religious history, and I am looking at how the FSA photographers "pictured faith."

First, let me tell you, your website is just wonderful.  It is beautiful and has been very helpful.

In my book, I discuss an encounter that your mother (my I presume?) had with a Protestant church worker in Florida.  She wrote about it to STryker.  Part of what I want to say is that Marion Post didn't understand the church worker because Post was a modern woman who was not religious nor had much contact with religious people.  Given the tenor of her letter to STryker, I think that she probably thought that religious people were more trouble than they were worth.

So, I what I want to make sure about is that 1) she was not raised in a religious family and 2) that she would not have had much sympathy with traditional Protestantism.  Your biography makes her sound like a very progressive, liberal thinker who most likely would not have gone to church on Sundays.

However, maybe when she got older and had a family, she did get involved in a religious community. . .

I know that the religion angle might seem odd, but you would be surprised at how many wonderful FSA photos there are of religion in the file.

I would love to hear any reflections you might have about Marion Post Wolcott and religion.

Please email or call.


Colleen McDannell

From: Colleen McDannell --- <>

Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 16:07:39 -0500

Over the past two months I have been visiting the photography exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, which focuses on depression era American photography, and includes a good number of FSA selections. Most of the time when I have found myself transfixed by a photo there, I have looked to find that the artist is Marion Post Wolcott. In particular, I was rivetted by the 'Negro Man Climbing the Stairs to the Movie Theatre', and moved to tears by 'Taking a Break from Hoeing Cotten Allen Plantation.'After those photos and numerous others at the exhibit by her, this website is my introduction to MPW's story and work. I'm very happy to have found it and thank you for creating it. I also look forward to finding out if there are any print resources devoted to MPW's photography-- Jon Fjortoft

From: Jon Fjortoft --- <>

Date: Thr, 25 Jan 2001

Wow....I have got to learn more about your Mother and her absolutely stunning work. I am a Kentucky native and especially appreciated seeing the scenes from that state.

Her work spoke volumes to me. Thanks for the site. Her commentary is terrifc.

From: Don Hamilton --- <>

Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 20:53:45 -0500

dear linda...just a note to tell you how much i love your mothers work and truly appreciate her talent not only as a photographer technicaly but also as a photographer who was able to develope a connection to her subjects on such an immediate basis. I find real inspiration from her work on many levels...i am a celebrity portrait photographer and find myself with very limited time with each subject and obviously must be able to connect with them imediately...i can only imagine what it must have been like for your mom out in the middle of nowhere to step into this immediate challenge of "connecting" it truly is inspirational. thank for your time and making this is wonderful. All Best, Jay

From: Jay Gullixson --- <>

Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 02:03:17 -0500

Hi Linda:

This is Doug Thielscher. (Tracy Thielscher's brother.) We met in SF about 10 years ago when Jack Hurley's book about your mother was being released. You were nice enough to take me to your studio and share many of your mother's original prints with me. I have always thought that your mother's photographs are amazing! I am writing to you to find out what is still available in terms of signed prints for sale, and what the process would be for buying one.

I hope this finds the new year treating you well. Please say hello to Robin and Carrie for me. Thanks, Doug

From: Douglas Thielscher --- <>

Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 12:56:27 -0500

I think that your work is great and you have inspird me to be a photographer

From: Laurie Allen --- <>

Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 17:44:16 -0500

I enjoyed the web page.  I look forward to looking at her later images.  I love the FSA era  photographs and appreciate the ability to view them.  Thanks
Janna Brown

From: Janna Brown --- <>

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 14:20:43 -0500

I am interested in purchasing a signed photograph of Marion Post Wolcott from the Depression.  Thank you.  Jen Roskind

From: Jen Roskind <>

Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2000 18:56:57 -0400

Hi Linda,

I have held onto a card of "Center of Town" for the longest time wondering if I could ever find a full sized poster.  It's so beautiful.  I looked on the internet and found the 8 x 10.  If there isn't a poster available I will, of course, be happy with the 8 x 10.  The poster is just something on my wish list.  When you have a moment, would you be able to let me know if such a poster is available?  Thanks you, Stephanie Allen

From: Stephanie Allen --- <>

Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 08:35:43 -0400

I live in Argentine, and I just saw your page in internet today. I´am a photography student, and I think your works are fantastic.

see you in my next e-mail

From: marisol <>

Date: Sun, 7 May 2000 01:08:42 -0400

She often equals Walker Evans even in his own terms and surpasses all the others.
She never fails to get more than a document and more than a formally perfect photograph,
and she never lapses into sentiment or stereotype.  I knew she was good, but...

From: Patricia Lawrence <>

Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2000 21:40:38 -0400

I love the website! I had never been familiar with Ms. Wolcott's
work until I stumbled across this site. I am a great fan of black
and white photography and I think Ms. Wolcott's work is extraordinary.
I was wondering when the post FSA pictures will be up. I look forward
to seeing more of her work.

From: Erin <>

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 17:31:49 -0400

I would like to obtain a print reproduction of Margaret Post Wolcott's photo
Woodstock, Vermont, Center of Town.  Is it available in a poster size or any
other size.  If so, please advise price and size.  Thank you.

From: Ellen Geller <>

Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 12:11:08 -0400

Dear Linda,

The contribution you have made in the memory of your mother is very
touching. Indeed, she was a courageous woman. Thought you would
like to know that I am doing a presentation in my photography
class on her work. As an adult student (soon to graduate), it is an
inspiration to see the accomplishments of others, in particular women
who have worked and sacrificed so much.

From: Linda Gray --- <>

Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000 16:57:55 -0500

I'm a curator at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley
College who's looking for MPW's Dr. Pepper of 1935.  I saw a
print at AIPAD but it was on hold.  What can you tell me about
the availability of that picture?

We have a photography acquisitions meeting at the end of this month,
and I'd love to be able to present it there.  Any help you can
offer would be most appreciated.


Lucy Flint-Gohlke

From: Lucy Flint-Gohlke <>

Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000 13:52:37 -0500


The George Eastman House just received a gift of two Marion Post Wolcott
photos, both dated 1939 and titled on FSA mounts. One is "Examining child,
Gee's Bend, Alabama," and the other is "Making chair cover out of bleached
flour sacks, and flower decorations from paper, Gee's Bend, Alabama." One has a number (FSA?)
on the back of the mount (Examining child - 51521-D).  The prints have no identification
as to maker on the prints or mounts, or in the captions.  Can you help with this
attribution?  If there is any confusion, I can get copy prints made and sent along for you
to examine.

Thanks so very much.

Del Zogg
George Eastman House
Rochester, New York

From: Del Zogg <>

Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 16:16:55 -0500

Dear Linda:  Back in the 80's I managed somehow to convince someone at the
Library of Congress to print me a copy (from the negative) of After a Blizzard
at Night, Woodstock, Vermont, 1940 (L/C#53307), and Picnic on the Running
Board (Winter Visitors), Saratoga, Florida, 1941 (L/C#56952).  They are two
of my most treasured possessions.  I would love to own a book of your Mother's
works.  Does such a book exist?  If so, is it in print currently?  Your Mother
had a wonderful gift, I think.  Thank you for your help!

From: Judy Hays --- <>

Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 23:34:04 -0500

Thanks for sharing your mother's photographs and experiences. I spent a great
deal of time in the Santa Barbara area, and decades earlier, I looked forward
to the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin as a friend who arrived each evening.

From: Harry M. Kachline <>

Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 11:46:08 -0500

I just read your lovely tribute to your mother.
Tears are in my eyes.  What a wonderful gift you provided
for her and us.  I remember seeing your mother's photos
in The Washington Post Magazine several years ago.

From: Sandy Mauck --- <

Date: Tue, 7 Dec 1999 01:09:08 -0500

My husband and I just purchased a signed untitled print - man carrying cans..for Christmas, I would like to give my husband some information about the print or a book of photographs of Ms. Wolcott - I am having trouble locating any as they are out of print - do you have any suggestions?

Thanks very much...

From: Cynthia Barton <>

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 00:48:40 -0500

 This story of your mother and father was great, I could feel everything you were writing. Look  forward to seeing you at the gallery, and discuss the possibility of doing some limited edition  portfolios of your mothers work.  Timothy Wolcott 909-584-1720

From: Tim Wolcott --- <>

Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 15:14:22 -0500

The importance of these images remain as strong today because of the still ongoing struggle that many sociologically  deprived groups are still facing both here in the USA and in other countries.

From: Victoria Alvarado <>

Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 13:32:13 -0500

I love the work of Marion Post Wolcott.  Are prints available for sale?  Also,  have there been any scholarly works on her (i.e., doctoral dissertations)?

Thanks!  Lee Ann Meyer

Date: Sun, 14 Nov 1999 17:04:44 -0500

Thank you Linda for the wonderful commentary about your mother's life after FSA. I just "discovered" her yesterday when I picked up Paul Hendrickson's book from our library. I've been exploring the FSA photographers for a few years now - the thirties have some sort of inexplicable appeal to me - and I must say after reading a few chapters of her biography I'm quite taken with her and her story. I'm wondering if you have plans to publish her letters, or to put her story into a format for film?

Thanks to Fixing Shadows for providing the web site. It's easy to navigate and not filled with useless patronization.

From: Walt Kosty <>

Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 22:20:52 -0400

Dear Linda:
I enjoyed your essay and web sight on your mother and her achievements.  I own the Trude Fleischmann archive and have some photographs of your mother, aunt and grandparents.  Some of these photographs were taken very early in Europe, while others were taken later during trips along the eastern seaboard. additionally, I believe that I have some letters which were written between them.  I am a dealer in fine American paintings (1820-1920).

Thank you again,

Terry Wallace

Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 01:24:31 -0400

THANK YOU so much for making this available! I am an older (45 yrs.old)nontraditional student at a college in West Virgina and am taking a course in History of Photography (one of many already taken, photo courses, including black and white).  I so admire Marion Post Wolcott both as a woman and a great photographer. So needless to say I am thrilled to have access to this material.  I have chosen her and her photos as a project this semester and this site will be extremely helpful.  I have also ordered an out-of-print book by Paul Hendrickson on Marion Post Wolcott.  It has not arrived yet so I am a little nervous.  Anyway, I will quit rambling and say that I am VERY interested in info on her signed prints and would also appreciate any other resources you can think of that would help me with my research.  Thanks again so much for this treat and I look forward to hearing from you.  :-)

Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 22:28:58 +0000

(re. Marion Post Wolcott) Hello David-it's wonderful to have such fine documentary and historically important work on the site!! Kudos for making it possible. John

This is truly a wonderful site.  It was nice to see all
the images again.  Especially Uncle Joe, although I had
hope to see the picture of him in his cabin with the black
kitten.  I enjoyed looking at the shocks in the field -
maybe some day I'll buy that image since it looks like Ohio

From: Alice <>

Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 23:00:00 -0400

Congratulations on an fascinating, informative site.

From: Jane Totten <>

Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 15:47:59 -0400

Great postings of the Marion Post Wolcott photos.  I have one problem, when I go to the LC home page and try to find these images, to order prints for my personal use and enjoyment, the numbers listed aren't found. Can you help?  I'm interested in #51215 (Entrance to Roney Plaza Hotel), 30577 (Negro man climbing stairs to Movie theater), 54985 (Two colored maids with white child in stroller), 56215 (Sunset Village; New Housing for Migrants); 51906 (Bennie's Grocery), 56105 (Corn Shocks and Board Fence), and 55137 (Sulky Races, Shelbyville County Fair).

Thanks for the posting of the images, I hope you can help with the numbers for an order.

From: Del Zogg <>

Date: Tue, 10 Aug 1999 18:50:02 -0400

hi Linda,

Very cool site. I hope you are happy in your new home in beautiful Ojai. I remember going to see Macbeth with Marc at their summer Shakespeare festival.


From: Michael <>

Bill Emory

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 20:41:35 -0400

Great photos, intrigued to find you on the web. We're on a farm in Natural Bridge, va., our son is at school at Woodberry.  I enjoy checking out some of the historic estates nearby - such as Meander, Hare Forest, Somerset and Rosni.Apparently some British own what was Rosni of the Woodberry founder Robert Walker.  I can't seem to locate the original house.  Is it the 'derelict structure' in your photo? (That looks so much like our Nat.Bri house before rennovation). The Rosni house is supposed to be on Rt. 230 - any clues? Thanks for any info! Do you sell any of your photos?

From: blake brandon <>

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 20:27:35 -0400

Great photos, intrigued to find you on the web. We're on a farm in Natural Bridge, va., our son is at school at Woodberry.  I enjoy checking out some of the historic estates nearby - such as Meander, Hare Forest, Somerset and Rosni.Apparently some British own what was Rosni of the Woodberry founder Robert Walker.  I can't seem to locate the original house.  Is it the 'derelict structure' in your photo? (That looks so much like our Nat.Bri house before rennovation). The Rosni house is supposed to be on Rt. 230 - any clues? Thanks for any info! Do you sell any of your photos?

From: blake brandon <>

Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2000 15:18:17 -0400

Great stuff. As always, your text is imperative, the voices and smells, hair and tooth of it. Got to quit whining about Redemption and prepare to be a Famous Dead Guy. Have you got a good suit? Keep smoking. NO! I mean shooting. Cheers, baby.

From: Erika Langley --- <>

Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 14:54:15 -0400

Dear Mr. Emory,

I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed seeing the pictures of Rossi Farm.  I heard about the pictures from  my brother, Marshall Gillum in Orange, Va.  Frank Walker had talked to Marshall about the pictures and your showing.

Our father was T.O. Gillum of Madison Mills who owned and operated Gillums Store and was also postmaster.  I remember many of the faces in your pictures and knew them well.  These familiar faces were all part of my childhood growing up.

I hope to get to Charlottesville to see all of your photos soon.

                                 Deborah Gillum Dudley

From: Deborah G. Dudley --- <wdudley@>

Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2000 15:00:21 -0400

Dear Bill,

I really enjoyed the show on Friday.  Somehow, I felt very far removed from the people viewing the photos, but hen again I usualy feel very far removed fom most people.  Your girls look great and they are very good at conversing with a woman who is 20 some years older than they are.    Susan and I would like to get Dad the pictureof his father for Christmas.  We are going to see if Mom would like to go in with us and have it framed.
I understand that the pictures will be at WFS in November so I will be sure and see them then when there is more elbow room.
I hope the evening was a sucess for you.  I am for one am very appreciative of your efforts and your eye for beauty.
Please let me know how I go about getting one of the pictures.  My phone number is 540-672-6456 and I think you have my e-mail address.  Thanks.


From: Austin Walker --- <>

Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 08:58:04 -0400

Looking forward to your showing on October 6.  My dad is
Sterling Watson.  Also, my uncle (Leland Colvin) also lived
and worked on Rosni until he died.
Do you have any records/pictures of him?

From: Cheryl Watson McGhee --- <>

Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 19:43:58 -0400

Dear Bill,

I got your message yesterday but the times that I have tried to call you it has been busy.  I am glad that I saw the pictures before I went to the show because the memories that they brought back came with tears.  I wonder how long it will take to forget.

The herd was sold in 1978 and we left the farm in 1979.  That last trip to move the last of our belongings is one I still remember.
I look forward to seeing you this Friday.


From: Austin Walker --- <>

Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 15:56:47 -0400

Hello Bill-

I was transfixed by these photos.  I worked with the Piedmont Environmental Council (based in Warrenton with Charlottesville offices) for two years and I am now at the University.  Your photos really tell the story of the disappearing Piedmont.  I would love to talk more about a way to leverage your work to help people think about our land ethic.  Also, on a personal note I would be interested in the photo of the cows in the midst as a Christmas Present. I will look for pricing information, but is there flexibility in size, etc.


From: Eliza Phillips --- <>

Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 23:24:09 -0400

Dear Bill,

Just wanted to say thank you for helping tena i told her you had some great pictures of her grandfather.....Got to get use to the one of me on here YEARS AND YEARS AGO :)

Thanks again...

From: Patty Rogers(shifflett) --- <>

Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 15:38:39 -0400

Dear Bill,

I received your invitation in the mail today along with the pictures you found of my grandfather. I will graciously pass these on to my mom as keepsakes. My cousin, Terry, (grandson) will be making the trip with me to Charlotteville along with my mom. Thank you so much for everything you have shared with us and we all look forward to meeting you.
Sincerely, Tena Roudabush

From: Tena Roudabush --- <>

Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 09:29:56 -0400

hello, my name is tena roudabush and my grandfather is sterling watson. my mother is cheryl watson. i would love to see more pictures of the place where her and my grandfather grew up and lived. please email me as soon as possible. i would like to talk to you about possibly buying some pictures if you choose to sell them. thank you soo much for sharing these memories of my pop pop....
sincerly, tena :o)

From: Tena Roudabush --- <>

Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 19:56:36 -0400

In the pecking order of anthropologists, visual anthros figure toward the bottom.  Nevertheless, my mission as one of these misunderstood lowlifes is to visually express what interests me without getting caught up in scientific evaluations of no social relevance.  By visiting your site, I hope my students will see how redeeming it is to be able to express oneself (visually, at least) and still play the academic game.  Thanks!

From: Leslie --- <>

Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2000 10:18:09 -0400

I've only looked at two images on your site so far...the second one, the image of the farmhouse from atop a small hill took my breath away. I had to write to tell you that. Now I can go back for more.

From: Lea --- <>

Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2000 09:12:23 -0400

I have only just become interested in black and white photography and there is only one word to describe your work "stunning". you are a truely talented artist.

From: charlotte losy --- <>

Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 13:36:53 -0400

Bill, I tried not to cry as I read your "April" story.  It is beautiful, but in a year and half time I cared for a husband dying with cancer and my mother who'd had a stroke.  They both died within 11 months of each other, so I've cried so much.  But I love dogs, and my Eskimo, Koke, has pulled me through all of the tears.  Thank you for sharing your story.  I am so deeply touched, as you can imagine.
All of your photos are wonderful.  I was a serious B&W photographer also, and a farmer's daughter.  I haven't yet had to strength to pick up my other life, but it'll come one day.

From: Betty Smithhart --- <>

Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000 10:24:44 -0400

Dear Mr. Emory, Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed this site.  Your work in great.  I found the shot of the cows in the fog to be amazing. Thanks, Jenn Thompson

From: Jenn Thompson --- <>

Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2000 10:24:44 -0400

Farming is a hard way to make a living and these pictures show very well the emotional side of this vocation. Now it seems that electrons are replacing what hands used to do and the analog world seems even more distant. These pictures also preserve well a way of life soon to vanish completely.

From: David Story --- <>

Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 00:34:25 -0400

Excellent, masterpiece

From: cowb00 --- <>

Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2000 17:49:55 -0500

Hey dad!  I really like Fixing Shadows, haven't seen it before.
Hope everything over at House D is running smoothly.
See you and the chocolate sister later.
Love you,

From: HPE --- <>

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 21:09:51 -0500

What do you know. I am from Orange and am good friends with the
Walker family who lived on Rosni for a long time. Mrs Walker was
my science teacher, we visited Rosni often. Rarely if ever do I come
across something on the internet that relates in any way to Orange, VA.
Very nice work. Thank You

From: Whit Faulconer --- <>

Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 01:33:13 -0500

 I enjoyed your photography and the accompanying commentary.
 You're a cynic, but what other way is there?

From: Tim Mclaughlin --- <>

Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 04:29:35 -0500

Hiya Bill!

Well its taken me awhile to getting around to looking at your site update ...
but heck youve done it again. I loved the photography hun - omg the
close up of the dogs nose? (April?) and the one where shes in her bed
with the photos around her....damn I lost it ...yeah I had tears, lol
I know I know , I'm just a big damn sook huh?

I hope your doing well and all is fine.
Has your weather started to warm up a little?
Last you wrote me you had snow - wow thats
got to be so beautiful to watch falling.

The summer has pretty much left us here....its been raining now
for a week solid ... not the best thing for Grape Harvesting (I work
at a Vineyard) but the rain is wonderful for the Horse Ranch I live at.

Well Id better go , thankyou once again for thinking of me
when you updated - oh and tell Adrian (I think that was
the name) I like your site just fine! LOL

Bye hun

Take care of you


From: Elaine --- <>

Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 13:19:48 -0500

I enjoyed your pics. The story of the Rosni Farm is an all
 too familiar one.

From: Bill Yancey --- <>

Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 12:28:56 -0500

My sister, Tina (Turner) Wittenburg, has shared your work with me and I
want you to know how much I have enjoyed these glimpes of life from
your perspective.

From: Suzanne --- <>

Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 17:40:45 -0500

Bill-I am sorry I have not looked at your pictures until now.
You have told a compelling story with a good idea of how the
camera describes the common vagaries of the world.  And I admire
your statement, "I take photographs, I will take photographs
. Validation and Redemption are uncertain, time, light,
loss and longing are not. "  I can relate!!!  All the best, Bill
Your fellow "fixer of shadows".  BILL MATTICK

From: Bill Mattick <>

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 18:28:48 -0500

Hi Bill, Yes I got the drawings.  So wonderful. Thanks.  I like these pictures so much.  I especially like "Tom Clore on the hill looking east"  and the view of the old dairy from the hill.  they give such a clear sense of presence about the place.  I can almost smell the hay and the shit.  Have fun in NYC.

From: Mary Roy --- <>

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 11:58:56 -0500


All of your photographs are great.

From: Joe --- <>

Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 15:19:40 -0500

Billy, I like your bio. I never knew what you were doing on that farm. It didn't look like it had a future to me. Well, now I understand ..sort of.

Your site rejected my email to you as I had not entered my address.

Pretty slick MCT

From: mct --- <>

Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 12:51:07 -0500

These are wonderful photographs - intelligent, lucid, and
a clear indication of the photographer's feelings for and
commitment to Rosni Farm. A great addition to Fixing Shadows.
Michael Carlebach

From: Michael Carlebach --- <>

Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 09:57:25 -0800

Wow... Those are GOOD pictures and GOOD writing.  Thank you for spotting the
work (How could you not?) and introducing Mr. Emory.  MPW definitely would
have approved.  What else, in particular,  has he photographed?


Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 06:03:56 -0500

Hi Bill

A nice contribution.  Your description of the cows as 'calm and orderly' could, I feel, be equally well applied to these images.  There is a gentleness in your view which is very appealing.


From: Carol Hudson --- <>