8 in HIGH x 10 in WIDE
(20.32 cm HIGH x 25.40 cm WIDE)
The Oakland Tribune Collection, the Oakland Museum of California. Gift of ANG Newspapers

An elderly African-American woman in a wheelchair is sitting in front of a house. Taken from a low angle, she is centered in the frame, at the corner of the front left (proper) of the house, in the driveway (so that the front and the proper left of the house can be seen). It is a small, circa 1930s stucco house, freshly painted. The woman has arthritic hands which are in her lap on a quilt blanket; she is hunched, with her cheek on her right (proper) shoulder, looking out toward the street (not directly at the viewer). She is wearing an old style of glasses (horn-rimmed on the brow, steel underneath). Atop her head is a knit cap or a braided wig. In the driveway, in the near distance, can be a seen a covered automobile parked in front of a small, closed garage. At the bottom of the print is the handwritten text, in blue ballpoint pen, "After." On verso is the text, in black felt-tip pen, "Mary Melton in front of her freshly painted house." Below that are the stamped text, "Tribune Photo By"; "Sep 18 1992"; "Sep 17 1992"; and "Wendy Lamm," respectively in descending order.

See also images 2009.1.8; 2009.1.102; and 2009.1.9, which are part of a "Before" and "After" series of images of Mary Melton, her house, and the two neighborhood men who painted her house, Floyd Whitehead and John McDonald.

Used: Oakland Tribune

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