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    Prentice H. Polk (American, 1898-1985). Five photographs, including:

    Mrs. Cot and Son
    Gelatin silver print, printed later
    8" x 10"
    No place; 1931

    Signed "P.H. Polk" at lower left corner. An image of a young mother with her son. Both subjects are well dressed.

    Mr. George Moore
    Gelatin silver print, printed later
    8" x 10"
    No place; circa 1930s

    Signed "P.H. Polk" at lower center. A portrait of an elderly man wearing a hat.

    Family Gardening
    Gelatin silver print, printed later
    8" x 10"
    No place; circa 1930s

    Signed "P.H. Polk" at lower right corner. An image of a couple with two small children working in their yard. Their car can be seen parked beside their house.

    Elderly Couple Sitting Outside Cabin
    Gelatin silver print, printed later
    8" x 10"
    No place; circa 1930s

    Signed "P.H. Polk" at lower left. A photograph of an old man and woman seated outside their home. The woman is sitting next to a spinning wheel with cotton.

    Elderly Cotton Pickers
    Gelatin silver print, printed later
    8" x 10"
    No place; circa 1930s

    Unsigned. The photograph shows two elderly workers in a field, picking cotton.

    All but one of the images is stamped on verso, "Not For Reproduction without permission from photographer P.H. Polk 711 Washington Avenue, Tuskegee Instit., AL 36088". P.H. Polk was an African-American photographer, known for his portraits of black subjects from all backgrounds. He studied at the Tuskegee Institute and then moved to Chicago in 1924 to study photography under Fred A. Jensen. Polk served as head of the department of photography at Tuskegee for several years. His subjects ranged from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to poor ex-slaves in Macon County, Alabama.

    Condition: The photograph of the mother and son has ink soiling at the lower edge. All of the photographs have light toning, wear, creasing, and soiling along the edges. Else good.


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    January, 2019
    15th Tuesday
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