Coffee Through The Camera's Lens. A Project on Brazil. Photographs by Margaret Bourke-White. Home Economics Department.

New York: Home Economics Department, American Can Company, 1936.

Printed card folio (18 x 12.5 cm.) with pocket holding sixteen loose leaves (each 16.5 x 9.5 cm.). The loose leaves include eleven reproductions of captioned photographs by Margarite Bourke-White, plus additional sheets with map of Brazil and classroom assignments on the history and production of coffee. There is also a mail-order card for ordering additional copies. Published at the height of the Depression, these images of heroic workers doing it the old way are here put to overtly didactic use as part of a social studies lesson on the history and production of coffee in Brazil. For Parr and Badger, Coffee Through The Camera's Lens illustrates the Bourke-White 'conundrum': the photographer of hard-hitting social documentary such as You Have Seen Their Faces who earned far more than most women in the country for doing high paying commercial and industrial work. A scarce Depression-era document. The sixteen loose leaves are in fine condition; folded, printed folio shows some light edgewear and abrasion to the front panel. Near fine. Scarce. [OCLC locates two copies (NYPL & University of Maryland); Parr & Badger v2, 184].

Price: $400.00