Personal Author: Foster, Charles C.
Title: [William Keye and Mary Jane Roberts making straw hats: Riviera Beach, Florida]
Physical descrip: 1 photoprint; sepia; 14 x 11 in.
Series Title: (Print collections)
Accompanying note: “7. plaiting the stuff from which his hat is made or laughing with Mary Jane at a visitors remark.”
Date/place captured: Photographed in May 1939.
Biographical note: In the summer of 1939, Works Projects Administration (WPA) photographer and artist Charles C. Foster was assigned to take photographs for Florida Writers Project (FWP) writer Veronica Huss’ profile of the “Conchs” (Bahamian immigrants) of Riviera Beach. Armed with his Reflex-Korelle single-lens camera and four rolls of 12 exposure black and white film, Foster spent the day photographing Veronica and her subjects – immigrants from the Bahamas, who were derisively referred by locals as “Conchs.” While the book was never published, the WPA’s Florida Art Project used the images for a traveling exhibit titled “Conch Town” that toured the nation between 1939 and 1943.
Repository: State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA. Contact: 850.245.6700. Archives@dos.state.fl.us