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Created by:
Robert Galbraith, American, 1919 - 2015  Search this
Printed by:
Igor Bakht, born 1928  Search this
Subject of:
Mary Francis Hill Coley, American, 1900 - 1966  Search this
Martha Butler Sapp, American, 1932 - 2003  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 19 x 14 1/2 in. (48.3 x 36.8 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
1952; printed 2005
Black and white image of Mary Coley and Martha Sapp arranging items on a bed. On the left side of the image Sapp, seen in profile, wearing a plaid patterned dress. She is seen smiling at the other woman as her proper right side faces the camera. Her hands are resting on the edge of the bed frame. Coley stands right of center, in the upper half of the image, holding folded cloths in her hands. She wears a pin striped dress with short sleeves and has a dark colored hat perched on the back of her head. Hanging off her proper right shoulder hangs a white cloth. In front of the women on the bed are stacks of cloths, towels, and other unidentified pieces of clothing. The bed is covered in a light-colored Irish Chain quilt. In the background, behind the women, are sheer curtains hanging over windows, a bureau upon which rests a mirror and a picture frame hanging on the wall.
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Children  Search this
Families  Search this
Health  Search this
Labor  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Midwifery  Search this
Motherhood  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rural life  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Robert Galbraith
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Restrictions & Rights:
© 1987 Robert Galbraith
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture