WPA Posters

Founded in 1936 in the midst of the Great Depression, the WPA (Work Projects Administration) was a government agency created under the New Deal with the intent of giving Americans skills and employment via public works projects. This lead to the construction of roads, buildings, and projects that promoted the arts and literacy.

Of course, once these projects were completed, someone had to put the word out. The Library of Congress has an exhaustive collection of WPA posters that advertised everything from newly built gymnasiums, theater performances and public health issues  in glorious art deco style. 

The WPA was dissolved in 1943; World War II employed so many Americans that the agency’s existence was no longer necessary. Seventy years later, these posters fascinate me.


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