Marion Post Wolcott, ‘Muskrat Trapper’, 1941, Heritage Auctions
Marion Post Wolcott, ‘Muskrat Trapper’, 1941, Heritage Auctions
Marion Post Wolcott, ‘Muskrat Trapper’, 1941, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Unmounted; not framed; sheet measures 6 x 4 inches; minor edge wear with bumps to the sheet corners; one pinhole to the upper center margin; a few scattered handling creases, most notably one approximately 1-1/2 inch crease extending from the lower left edge, most noticeable in raking light; indentation center left from stamp verso.

Signature: Signed in pencil in margin recto; dated with a handwritten note in pencil on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Marion Post Wolcott

Marion Wolcott is known for her candid documentary photographs taken for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during America’s Great Depression. Joining Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and other photographers who produced iconic images for the FSA, Wolcott documented America’s staggering wealth inequalities, its race relations, the poverty and deprivation experienced during the Depression, and the benefits to the population of federal subsidies and programs. “As an FSA documentary photographer, I was committed to changing the attitudes of people by familiarizing America with the plight of the underprivileged, especially in rural America,” she once said. Along with images of coal miners, farmers harvesting tobacco fields, and affluent spectators at the races, Wolcott also captured moments of transcendence, such as in Jitterbugging (1939), an iconic image of African-Americans dancing in a club.

American, 1910-1990, Montclair, New Jersey