A mountain woman
Pine Mountain, Kentucky, August 1940
FSA photo by Marion Post Wolcott.
I came across this photo tonight as I was wandering through the Farm Security Administration (FSA) photos on the Library of Congress website.
I think this woman is young, even though she's wrinkled. She looks strong and tough, but overworked and weary. She's curious and obliging, and yet her eyes are wary and a little anxious. All these contradictions make this an interesting photo.
Her three little children and the gate in front of her home can be seen in the adjacent images (here and here).
The photographer was Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990) and this photograph is just one of hundreds she took in Kentucky as an FSA photographer.
Wolcott visited Russellville, a town about 40 miles east of Hopkinsville, where she photographed farmers on Saturday afternoon and a blacksmith shoeing a horse. However, she doesn't seem to have visited Hopkinsville. I have found no photos whatsoever of Hopkinsville in the FSA collection.
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5000 FSA photos by Marion Post Wolcott
Image credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-055920-E DLC