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Seattle Children's Theatre [presents] "Flight" a living newspaper play
WPA Posters were created to advertise programs and projects of the Works Projects Administration in the late 1930s and early 1940s. This is considered as one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts. The posters were designed to publicize exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, and health and educational programs. During the Great Depression, the U.S. government employed hundreds of artists to promote New Deal - related social programs.

Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress's collection comprises of more than 900. Posters represent seventeen U.S. states and the District of Columbia, with the strongest representation from California, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and provide a unique snapshot of an important era in America’s history.

WPA poster artists were not supposed to sign their work, but Christopher DeNoon's original book on this subject gives many clues.

Vera Bock
Born 1905, St. Petersburg, Russia, emigrated to the United States with her mother, Russian-born concert pianist, and her father, an American banker. She studied in England during where she learned printing, photoengraving, manuscript illuminating, and wood engraving. In the 1920s, she illustrated children's books such as The Adventure of Maya Bee. Her posters are notable for their distinctive woodblock-like appearance, solid forms, and Germanic influence. During the 1940s she worked as an illustrator at Life and Coronet magazines. She continued to produce book illustration and design including Little Magic Horse (1942), A Ring and A Riddle (1944), and Critical History of Children's Literature (1953).

Richard Floethe
Born 1901, Essen Germany, studied at the Dortmund Art School, the Munich State School of Art, and the Bauhaus in Weimer. His posters reflect his connection to the Bauhaus. Richard Floethe spent much of his career as a book illustrator. He has designed or illustrated over fifty books including Ballet Shows (1937), Picture Book of the Earth (1949), and Ting-a-Ling Tales (1955). His designs and illustrations for Tyl Ulenspeigl (1935) and Pinocchio (1938) won the Limited Editions Club Prize. He has also illustrated books written by his wife, Louise Floethe. Among these titles are If I Were Captain (1956) and Winning Colt (1956). Floethe assigned as administrator of the New York City FAP poster division from 1936 to 1939 and remembered by designers as the creator of an encouraging environment so artists were free to experiment. Floethe taught commercial design at the Cooper Union School of Art (1941) and illustration at the Ringling School of Art (1955-1967). His work as a printmaker (woodcuts and serigraphs) is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kerlan Collection of the University of Minnesota.

Richard Hall's
Born 1906, New Orleans, Louisiana, spent his early years traveling through the U.S. and Europe with his father, a sculptor whose commissions included many public monuments. While working for FAP, he created posters for the Federal Theatre Project. From 1952 to 1976 Halls taught advertising art and design on the faculty of the State University if New York at Farmingdale. He received his B.A. from Adelphi University in 1961.

Robert Jones
Born 1913, Goff, Kansas, educated at the University of Utah and the California School of Fine Art and employed by the State Art Center in Salt Lake City in 1939 and 1940. After leaving Utah in 1940, Jones established his career in New York City where he worked for Life magazine and Columbia Records. Jones was an instructor at the Cooper Union School of Art and the University of Connecticut. He was the art director for RCA Records from 1953 to 1973.

Erik Hans Krause
Born 1899, Halle-Salle, Germany, graduated from the Academy of Decorative Arts and Crafts in Dresden and emigrated to the United States in 1923. In 1936 was employed with the FAP, supervising artists and craftsmen designing textiles and posters. His botanical subjects paintings were shown at the Smithsonian Institution. Krause has taught design and illustration at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Katherine Milhous
Born 1894, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and educated at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Katherine Milhous created some of the most distinctive posters produced by the WPA. She was a supervisor of the FAP in Philadelphia. Milhous incorporated the folk traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish and Mennonites communities in her poster designs. After FAP, she had a successful career as a children's book illustrator. She received the American Library Association's Caldecott Medal for her most distinguished picture book for children for The Egg Tree (1950).

Jerome Henry Roth
Born 1918, Bronx, New York, Jerome Henry Roth (Rothstein) was the youngest member of the project at the age of 16 while attending Art Students' League. Roth was employed by the FAP from 1935 to 1939. After serving in Europe during World War II as a B-15 navigator, he returned to New York and in the early 1950s formed his own design studio and taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the College of the City of New York.

Anthony Velonis
Born 1911, New York, New York, graduated from New York University's School of Fine Arts, joined Mayor LaGuardia's poster project in New York City in 1934. In 1935 this project came under federal sponsorship and Velonis remained with the division until 1938. After leaving the poster division, Velonis worked in the FAP graphic art division where he continued to experiment with silkscreening techniques. Velonis' poster designs are marked by cubist-influenced elements and his experiments with printing techniques: split-font applications of paint, and applications of tusche crayon directly to the screen. In 1939 Velonis co-founded the Creative Printmaking Group and started the Ceraglass Company, which invented silkscreen printing on glass and plastic containers. His prints are included in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Australian National Gallery and others.
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The Works Progress Administration in Ohio presents the Federal Theatre for youth in "A Christmas Carol"

The Works Progress Administration in Ohio presents the Federal Theatre...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "A Christmas Carol." Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

"The fool" by Channing Pollock

"The fool" by Channing Pollock

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "The Fool" at the Mason Theatre, 127 S. Broadway, Calif. Federal Road Show Attraction. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Whom have you exposed to syphilis Tell your physician : They should be examined : They may need treatment.

Whom have you exposed to syphilis Tell your physician : They should be...

Poster for New York State Dept. of Health encouraging treatment for syphilis. Date stamped on verso: Jun 28 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Chris... more

"Enchanted April" opens Apr. 13th to 18th, Federal Theatre, La Cadena & Mt. Vernon Aves.

"Enchanted April" opens Apr. 13th to 18th, Federal Theatre, La Cadena ...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Enchanted April" at the Federal Theatre, La Cadena & Mt. Vernon Aves., showing a couple standing on cliff overlooking the ocean. Work Projects Administration ... more

Direct to mum show, Garfield Park Conservatory / Whitley.

Direct to mum show, Garfield Park Conservatory / Whitley.

Poster announcing "Mum show" at the Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago Park District, showing a mum blossom. Date hand-written on verso: 12/31/41. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

WPA Federal Art Project general exhibition

WPA Federal Art Project general exhibition

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition at the Federal Art Gallery, 50 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. Date stamped on verso: Apr 21 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Poste... more

Treasure show of arts old and new Exhibited by men and women of 3 score and ten.

Treasure show of arts old and new Exhibited by men and women of 3 scor...

Poster for exhibition of art at the University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St. New York City. Date stamped on verso: Apr 16 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Sponsored by ... more

Negative blood during treatment does not mean cure Continue treatment until discharged : New York State Department of Health.

Negative blood during treatment does not mean cure Continue treatment ...

Poster for New York State Department of Health promoting "treatment until discharged," showing a microscope. Date stamped on verso: Jun 28 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

"The devil passes" by Benn W. Levy

"The devil passes" by Benn W. Levy

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "The Devil Passes" at the Columbia theater. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

"The Mikado"

"The Mikado"

Poster for Federal Music Project presentation of "The Mikado" at the El Centro High School auditorium, showing Japanese tea garden. Sponsored by Music Teachers Association. Work Projects Administration Poster C... more

Once upon a time / Whitley.

Once upon a time / Whitley.

Poster showing Little Red Riding Hood and a wolf. Date stamped on verso: Sep 7 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

WPA Federal Music Project will present 8 roof garden concerts at Jamaica YMCA Free to the public.

WPA Federal Music Project will present 8 roof garden concerts at Jamai...

Poster for Federal Music Project presentation of a series of concerts at the Jamaica YMCA, 8925 Parsons Blvd., New York City. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

WPA Federal Music Project of New York City presents free symphony concerts

WPA Federal Music Project of New York City presents free symphony conc...

Poster for New York City Federal Music Project presentation of free symphony concerts at the Y.M. & Y.W.H.A., 1511 Fulton Ave, Bronx, New York City. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Victor Herbert's comic opera "Fortune teller" with famous "gypsy love song"

Victor Herbert's comic opera "Fortune teller" with famous "gypsy love ...

Poster for Federal Theatre and Music Project presentation of "Fortune Teller" at the Emery, Walnut and Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio, showing the king of hearts playing card. Work Projects Administration Poster Col... more

"The chocolate soldier"

"The chocolate soldier"

Poster for the Federal Music Project presentation of "The Chocolate Soldier" at the Savoy Theatre, San Diego, Calif., showing a woman and a soldier embracing. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Lib... more

Exhibition of art by children / Osborn.

Exhibition of art by children / Osborn.

Poster for an exhibition of children's art, showing a cow and a house. Date stamped on verso: Feb 16 1940. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher ... more

The Federal Theater Div. of WPA presents the play that rocked Broadway "Class of '29" It dares to tell the truth.

The Federal Theater Div. of WPA presents the play that rocked Broadway...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Class of '29" at the Waterloo Theater, showing a row of students in caps and gowns. Date stamped on verso: Jul 8 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Col... more

Hiking WPA recreation project--Dist. no. 2 / / Shari.

Hiking WPA recreation project--Dist. no. 2 / / Shari.

Poster showing a woman hiking. Date stamped on verso: Apr 1 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

American Merchant Seamen increase your professional knowledge and skill in the United States Maritime Service / Halls ; Plattner.

American Merchant Seamen increase your professional knowledge and skil...

Poster for the United States Maritime Service offering training courses to members of the American Merchant Marine. Date stamped on verso: Jun 28 1939. Caption continues: For information apply to: U.S. Maritime... more

"4" unit exhibition - paintings, prints, sculpture, murals

"4" unit exhibition - paintings, prints, sculpture, murals

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture, and murals at the Federal Art Gallery, 225 West 57 St., New York City. Date stamped on verso: Mar 24 1941. Work Projects Administration... more

History of civic services in the city of New York Water supply No. 4 : An average of 930,000,000 gallons is consumed daily.

History of civic services in the city of New York Water supply No. 4 :...

Poster for Federal Art Project series on the history of civic services, showing ways water is consumed in New York City in 1936. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of ... more

Sioux City Civic Chorus of the Department of Public Recreation presents Handel's "Messiah"

Sioux City Civic Chorus of the Department of Public Recreation present...

Poster announcing presentation of Handel's "Messiah" by the Sioux City Civic Chorus at the Central High School auditorium, Sioux City, Iowa. Date stamped on verso: Jan 22 1940. Work Projects Administration Post... more

Free art classes for children & adults Under direction of Federal Art Project, WPA / / h.

Free art classes for children & adults Under direction of Federal Art ...

Poster announcing free art classes for children and adults. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Federal Mayan Theatre [presents] Censored, "a modern play"  by Conrad Seiler Hilarious 3 act comedy.

Federal Mayan Theatre [presents] Censored, "a modern play" by Conrad ...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Censored" at the Mayan Theatre, Hill at 11th Street, Los Angeles, Calif., showing bust portraits of a man and a woman, and a play script. Work Projects Admini... more

Federal Road-show attraction "The fool" by Channing Pollock

Federal Road-show attraction "The fool" by Channing Pollock

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "The Fool" at the Mason Theatre, 127 S. Broadway. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

"Know your city" / City planning & housing exhibition : Sioux City Art Center, October - 16 - 17 - 18 : Public invited.

"Know your city" / City planning & housing exhibition : Sioux City Art...

Poster for exhibition to promote greater understanding among the public of their city through the presentation of "city planning & housing" information at the Sioux City Art Center, Iowa. Date stamped on verso:... more

The 5 & 10 [cent] store

The 5 & 10 [cent] store

Poster showing various items that can be purchased at a five and ten cent store, such as rings, pans, games of checkers, china, cards, clothing, and other items. Date stamped on verso: May 24 1941. Work Project... more

"Mystery of broadwalk asylum" by C.E. Reynolds

"Mystery of broadwalk asylum" by C.E. Reynolds

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Mystery of Broadwalk Asylum" at the Hollywood Playhouse. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Opens June 29; mystery thrills chills.

"What Anne brought home"

"What Anne brought home"

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "What Anne Brought Home" at the Mason Theatre, 127 S. Broadway, showing a couple standing outside of dwelling. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (... more

A game crop is a community asset / J.C.W.

A game crop is a community asset / J.C.W.

Poster for Bureau of Game, New York State Conservation Dept., promoting hunting of small game. Date stamped on verso: Apr 16 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Bureau of... more

National art week / American art for American homes.

National art week / American art for American homes.

Poster announcing National Art Week, Nov. 25 to Dec. 1., showing a red, white, and blue palette. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

History of civic services in the city of New York Fire Department No. 4 : Up-to-date machinery, efficiency, speed.

History of civic services in the city of New York Fire Department No. ...

Poster for Federal Art Project series on the history of civic services, showing fire fighters with ladder truck fighting building fire in 1936. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congres... more

This is the storekeeper He sells the things that are good for you to eat : He must keep the food clean.

This is the storekeeper He sells the things that are good for you to e...

Poster about retail food markets, merchants, and healthy eating. Date stamped on verso: Apr 16 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Work with care

Work with care

Poster encouraging safety in the workplace, showing machinery. Date stamped on verso: Mar 27 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. ... more

Better housing The solution to infant mortality in the slums / / Benj. Sheer.

Better housing The solution to infant mortality in the slums / / Benj....

Poster promoting better housing as a solution for high rates of infant mortality in the slums, showing a blueprint of new housing next to existing tenement buildings over which stands the figure of Death. Date ... more

Safety for you, for all

Safety for you, for all

Poster for the WPA Illinois Safety Division promoting safety, showing a civil defense symbol. Hand-written on verso: 10/13/36. Designed by Carken. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Don't gamble with syphilis--Consult health authorities

Don't gamble with syphilis--Consult health authorities

Poster showing a man rolling dice. Date stamped on verso: Mar 27 1940. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

History of civic services in the city of New York Fire Department No. 2 : A fire engine was used for the first time.

History of civic services in the city of New York Fire Department No. ...

Poster for Federal Art Project series on the history of civic services, showing bucket brigade and fire engine fighting a building fire in 1731. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congre... more

Exhibition of work done by children in the free art classes of the Federal Art Project Works Projects Administration Greco

Exhibition of work done by children in the free art classes of the Fed...

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition of children's art produced in WPA Federal Art Project art classes. Date stamped on verso: Aug 26 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

The Federal Theatre presents "Up pops the devil" 3 act comedy by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich at the Waterloo Theater.

The Federal Theatre presents "Up pops the devil" 3 act comedy by Alber...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Up pops the devil" at the Waterloo Theater, showing stylized ballerina. Stamped on verso: Works Progress Administration, Des Moines, Iowa. Official business. ... more

Amateur magicians contest, Roosevelt Playground Tricks, novel entertainment, jugglers, shadowgraphy, mimics, etc. : All boys and girls are eligible : Register at your playground now.

Amateur magicians contest, Roosevelt Playground Tricks, novel entertai...

Poster announcing contest for amateur magicians at Roosevelt Playground, conducted by the Parks magic man, showing stylized magician performing trick with a rabbit, and a boy. Date stamped on verso: Sep 12 1936... more

"The chocolate soldier"

"The chocolate soldier"

Poster for the Federal Music Project presentation of "The Chocolate Soldier" at the Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Sponsored ... more

"Just a scratch" But! Infection is avoided by immediate first aid on-the-job!

"Just a scratch" But! Infection is avoided by immediate first aid on-t...

Poster for Illinois WPA Safety Division promoting immediate treatment of on-the-job injuries. Poster design by John Mathews(?). Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of t... more

"Hansel and Gretel," the gingerbread children by Humperdinck Music, animals, dancing, songs.

"Hansel and Gretel," the gingerbread children by Humperdinck Music, an...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Hansel and Gretel" at the Beaux Arts Theatre, 8th and Beacon Streets, Los Angeles, Calif., showing Hansel and Gretel talking to a witch. Work Projects Adminis... more

Work with care

Work with care

Poster encouraging safety in the workplace. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angeles : Wheatly Press, c1987, no. 231 More inform... more

"A hero is born" A romantic musical by Theresa Holburn - based on an original story by Andrew Lang : Music by A. Lehman Engel - lyrics by Agnes Morgan / / Halls.

"A hero is born" A romantic musical by Theresa Holburn - based on an o...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "A Hero is Born" at the Adelphi Theatre, 54th Street east of 7th Avenue, showing a man riding on a magic carpet. Date stamped on verso: Dec 8 1937. Work Projec... more

Exhibition - oils & watercolors, Federal Art Gallery Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration.

Exhibition - oils & watercolors, Federal Art Gallery Federal Art Proje...

Poster for exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings at the Federal Art Gallery, 225 W. 57 St., New York City, New York, showing a palette and paintbrushes. Date stamped on verso: Sep 2 1938. Work Projects Adm... more

Photographs, 4th annual exhibition, Sioux City Camera Club

Photographs, 4th annual exhibition, Sioux City Camera Club

Poster for the Sioux City Camera Club's fourth annual exhibition of photographs at the Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Date stamped... more

Pennsylvania Costumes and handicrafts, the Pennsylvania Germans.

Pennsylvania Costumes and handicrafts, the Pennsylvania Germans.

Poster promoting Pennsylvania, showing an Amish couple. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Rural Pennsylvania Katherine Milhous

Rural Pennsylvania Katherine Milhous

Poster promoting Pennsylvania, showing children from a religious community. Signed in pencil by the artist. No. 101. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Ch... more

Protect our youth Join the crusade to stamp out syphilis : Be examined now by your doctor or at a Department of Health clinic.

Protect our youth Join the crusade to stamp out syphilis : Be examined...

Poster for treatment of syphilis showing a knight standing on a serpent. Date stamped on verso: Jun 28 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Sponsored by Staten Island Case... more

"The warrior's husband" Julian Thompson's satirical smash hit Positively last week!

"The warrior's husband" Julian Thompson's satirical smash hit Positive...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "The Warrior's Husband" at the Alcazar, 260 O'Farrell Street, California. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

WPA Federal Music Project presents songs and piano music everybody should know Free to the public / / BL.

WPA Federal Music Project presents songs and piano music everybody sho...

Poster for a Federal Music Project series of programs on songs and piano music at the Prospect Plaza Community Centre, 912 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Libra... more

Industrial designs by Joe Funk, Ottumwa Art Center / designed & made by Iowa Art Program, W.P.A.

Industrial designs by Joe Funk, Ottumwa Art Center / designed & made b...

Poster for exhibition of industrial designs at the Ottumwa Art Center, showing arrangement of several manufactured items. Date stamped on verso: Oct 29 1940. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Libr... more

Forum In cooperation with Forum Div., Board of Education, WPA : Admission free / / jr [monogram].

Forum In cooperation with Forum Div., Board of Education, WPA : Admiss...

Poster announcing public forum sponsored by the New York City Board of Education. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angeles : Whe... more

Art classes for children / REK

Art classes for children / REK

Poster showing a child drawing. Date stamped on verso: Feb 16 1940. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angeles: Wheatly Press, c19... more

Cancer kills in the prime of life 95 percent of cases of cancer are in those over 35.

Cancer kills in the prime of life 95 percent of cases of cancer are in...

Poster providing information about cancer, showing male and female heads and a crab. Date stamped on verso: Sep 2 1938. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). U.S. Public Health S... more

Eat fruit - be healthy

Eat fruit - be healthy

Poster promoting proper dietary habits, showing stylized fruit. Date stamped on verso: Sep 2 1938. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

WPA Federal Music Project of New York City presents free band concerts [at the] Bronx County Building

WPA Federal Music Project of New York City presents free band concerts...

Poster for New York City Federal Music Project presentation of free band concerts at the Bronx County Building, showing half-length portrait of a music conductor. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection ... more

The first 2 years consult a reputable physician 91% of syphilitic infections relapse in this period : The disease may be transmitted to others who contact the lesion.

The first 2 years consult a reputable physician 91% of syphilitic infe...

Poster encouraging persons with syphilis to seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid transmitting the disease to others. Date stamped on verso: Jun 4 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Lib... more

Cincinnati Federal Theatre [presents] "Mikado" [a] Gilbert & Sullivan operetta

Cincinnati Federal Theatre [presents] "Mikado" [a] Gilbert & Sullivan ...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Mikado" at the Emery, Walnut & Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Du Page County centennial flower show / Presented by the Home Gardeners of Du Page County, Hinsdale, June 9-10-11.

Du Page County centennial flower show / Presented by the Home Gardener...

Poster showing a flower. Date stamped on verso: Jun 22 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Old settlers picnic--July 15, Du Page County Centennial, Roselle / Kreger.

Old settlers picnic--July 15, Du Page County Centennial, Roselle / Kre...

Poster showing a well-dressed woman standing beside a well-dressed man. Date stamped on verso: Sep 7 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

History of civic services in the city of New York Fire Department No. 3 : A steam engine was used for the first time.

History of civic services in the city of New York Fire Department No. ...

Poster for Federal Art Project series on the history of civic services, showing a horse-drawn steam fire engine racing to the scene of a building fire in 1841. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Li... more

Don't fight cancer alone Ask these agencies for advice [....]

Don't fight cancer alone Ask these agencies for advice [....]

Poster encouraging cancer patients to seek information from various agencies, showing a woman holding a caduceus and standing on a crab. Date stamped on verso: Sep 2 1938. Caption continues: Your state or local... more

Syphilis strikes one out of ten adults Consult a reputable physician.

Syphilis strikes one out of ten adults Consult a reputable physician.

Poster encouraging examinations for syphilis. Title from item. Date stamped on verso: Jun 4 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Department of Correction, City of New York.

Health for efficiency Free courses in health education sponsored by Adult Education Project of the Board of Education and the WPA.

Health for efficiency Free courses in health education sponsored by Ad...

Poster for Adult Education Project announcing free courses in health education. Caption continues with course listing: Everyday problems in healthful living ; Family health and family recreation ; Problems of t... more

Exhibition WPA Connecticut artists.

Exhibition WPA Connecticut artists.

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition of WPA Connecticut artists at the Federal Art Gallery, 77 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass., showing tree stem with leaves. Date stamped on verso: May 8 1939. Work Projects... more

Camp counselor training course, Washington University

Camp counselor training course, Washington University

Poster announcing availability of college course for camp counselor training at Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri, showing animal skin stretched on a rack and tents. Date stamped on verso: Jan 29 194... more

Exhibition of housing photographs Produced by Federal Art Project, Work Projects Administration / / M.A.

Exhibition of housing photographs Produced by Federal Art Project, Wor...

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition of photographs. Date stamped on verso: Aug 26 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

As old as creation Syphilis is now curable :Consult your physician / / JD.

As old as creation Syphilis is now curable :Consult your physician / /...

Poster promoting treatment for syphilis, showing dinosaurs. Town of Hempstead, W.H. Runcie M.D. Health Officer. Date stamped on verso: Dec 1 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

[WPA poster design showing the head and hands of a woman holding flowers and wheat above a blank banner]

[WPA poster design showing the head and hands of a woman holding flowe...

Date stamped on verso: May 14 1941. Stamped on verso: New York State WPA Art Program. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Federal Theatre, La Cadena and Mt. Vernon, presents Leslie Howard's "Murray Hill" Society farce-comedy.

Federal Theatre, La Cadena and Mt. Vernon, presents Leslie Howard's "M...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Murray Hill" at the Federal Theatre, La Cadena and Mt. Vernon Aves., showing a couple being driven in a horse-drawn carriage. Work Projects Administration Po... more

Ephrata Visit the ancient cloisters of the early German pietists in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania / / Milhous.

Ephrata Visit the ancient cloisters of the early German pietists in La...

Poster promoting the Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster Co., Pa., showing a woman as an angel. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Signed in pencil by the artist.

Exhibition Functions of the Federal Art Project.

Exhibition Functions of the Federal Art Project.

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition of the functions of the Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration. Date stamped on verso: Jun 28 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library ... more

October's "bright blue weather" A good time to read!.

October's "bright blue weather" A good time to read!.

Poster for the WPA Statewide Library Project, showing a boy reading a book, surrounded by a bat, ghost, witch, and other images of Halloween. Date stamped on verso: Aug 30 1940. Work Projects Administration Pos... more

"Enter madam" [at] Federal Theatre, La Cadena and Mt. Vernon

"Enter madam" [at] Federal Theatre, La Cadena and Mt. Vernon

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Enter Madam" at the Federal Theatre, La Cadena and Mt. Vernon Aves., showing a woman on a stage. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

The great crippler - syphilis / JD.

The great crippler - syphilis / JD.

Poster warning of the dangers to children from syphilis, showing a young girl standing with a crutch. Produced for the town of Hempstead Health Dept. Date stamped on verso: Dec 1 1937. Work Projects Administrat... more

WPA Federal Theatre Project's Living Newspaper, sponsored by Newspaper Guild of N.Y., presents "Injunction granted"

WPA Federal Theatre Project's Living Newspaper, sponsored by Newspaper...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project's Living Newspaper presentation of "Injunction Granted" at the Biltmore Theatre, 47th St. east of 8th Ave., showing police officer holding up court order. Date stamped on vers... more

Gonorrhea causes blindness - arthritis, invalidism and misery It can be prevented and cured : For examination and free pamphlets go to your doctor or Dept. of Health clinic.

Gonorrhea causes blindness - arthritis, invalidism and misery It can b...

Poster for prevention and treatment of gonorrhea showing a knight standing on a serpent. Date stamped on verso: Jun 28 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Sponsored by St... more

New Jersey paintings exhibit / IR.

New Jersey paintings exhibit / IR.

Poster announcing exhibit of paintings at the Federal Art Gallery, 17 William St., Newark, N.J., showing bowl of fruit, jug, and glass as still life. Poster by Irving Russell. Date stamped on verso: Jan 5 1939.... more

Rotten living Decent living through planned housing.

Rotten living Decent living through planned housing.

Poster promoting planned housing as a solution to better living conditions in cities, showing a child standing in a alley with a trash can and cat rummaging through the garbage. Work Projects Administration Pos... more

Syphilis--Examination results are confidential ...

Syphilis--Examination results are confidential ...

Poster showing a stethoscope, a hand holding a pen, and a padlock. Date stamped on verso: Mar 27 1940. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Protect your hands! You work with them.

Protect your hands! You work with them.

Poster promoting safety in the workplace, showing hands grasping a rod. Date stamped on verso: Oct 31 1936. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher... more

WPA national print exhibition, Federal Art Gallery

WPA national print exhibition, Federal Art Gallery

Poster announcing exhibition of fine prints at the Federal Art Gallery, 50 Beacon Street, Boston, showing roller and tube of printers ink. Date stamped on verso: Aug 31 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster... more

"The chocolate soldier"

"The chocolate soldier"

Poster for the Federal Music Project presentation of "The Chocolate Soldier" at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, Calif., showing a woman standing next to a soldier. Work Projects Administration Poster C... more

The Federal Theater Div. of W.P.A. presents "Blind alley," by James Warwick at the President Theatre

The Federal Theater Div. of W.P.A. presents "Blind alley," by James Wa...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Blind Alley" at the President Theatre, showing an alley. Date stamped on verso: Jul 8 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Ephrata Visit the ancient cloisters of the early German pietists in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania / / Milhous.

Ephrata Visit the ancient cloisters of the early German pietists in La...

Poster promoting the Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster Co., Pa., showing a woman as an angel. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

"Vaudeville frolic" 15 acts : Gala midnight show New Year's eve.

"Vaudeville frolic" 15 acts : Gala midnight show New Year's eve.

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Vaudeville Frolic" at the Savoy Theatre, San Diego, California, showing stage production with orchestra. A Federal Road Show Attraction - Div. of W.P.A. Work ... more

Congenital syphilis is preventable If syphilitic mothers will take adequate treatment during the last five months of pregnancy : New York State Department of Health / / Dux.

Congenital syphilis is preventable If syphilitic mothers will take ade...

Poster for New York State Department of Health promoting proper treatment for syphilis for pregnant women, showing woman holding a baby. Date stamped on verso: Jun 28 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster C... more

New Trier evening school Classes for adults, Wednesday evenings 7:30 - 9:30.

New Trier evening school Classes for adults, Wednesday evenings 7:30 -...

Poster showing a woman wearing an apron with her hand in a bowl of food. Date stamped on verso: Mar 25 1941. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

The United States Maritime Service offers practical training courses for licensed and unlicensed men of the American Merchant Marine / Burroughs ; Halls.

The United States Maritime Service offers practical training courses f...

Poster for the United States Maritime Service offering training courses to members of the American Merchant Marine. Caption continues: For information apply to: U.S. Maritime Service, Washington, D.C., U.S. Coa... more

"Battle hymn" a new play about John Brown of Harpers Ferry by Michael Blankfort and Michael Gold At the Experimental Theatre.

"Battle hymn" a new play about John Brown of Harpers Ferry by Michael ...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Battle Hymn" at the Experimental Theatre, east of Broadway, showing a silhouette of John Brown. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Presented by The Federal Dance Theatre "Young tramps" Choreography by Don Oscar Becque, music by Donald Pond : The American Dance seeks new technique to express today's problems.

Presented by The Federal Dance Theatre "Young tramps" Choreography by ...

Poster for Federal Dance Theatre Project presentation of "Young Tramps," showing two men walking in the rain. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Halloween roller skating carnival On the mall, Central Park : Bring your skates : Come in costume : Prizes will be given for costumes.

Halloween roller skating carnival On the mall, Central Park : Bring yo...

Poster announcing roller skating carnival in Central Park, New York City, showing a child roller skating with a jack-o-lantern mask. Date stamped on verso: Oct 20 1936. Work Projects Administration Poster Colle... more

Birds of the world An illustrated natural history in popular style with 100 candid photos : A New York City, W.P.A. Federal Writers' Project book : American guide series.

Birds of the world An illustrated natural history in popular style wit...

Poster advertising WPA Federal Writers' Project illustrated guide to natural history of birds of the world. Date stamped on verso: Jun 28 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congres... more

National Art Week Buy your share / / designed & made by Iowa Art Program, W.P.A.

National Art Week Buy your share / / designed & made by Iowa Art Progr...

Poster, with yellow background, announcing National Art Week, during which "$5,000,000 worth of American art will be offered for sale at community art fairs throughout the U.S.A: Drawing, painting, prints, scul... more

"Alison's house" by Susan Glaspell a poetic romance.

"Alison's house" by Susan Glaspell a poetic romance.

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Alison's House" at the Mayan Theatre, showing a quill pen in a bottle of ink. Date handwritten on verso: 4/19/38. Work Projects Administration Poster Collecti... more

American concert orchestra--Federal Music Project--Works Progress Administration

American concert orchestra--Federal Music Project--Works Progress Admi...

Poster for Federal Music Project presentation of American Concert Orchestra, showing a cello. Attributed to Carken. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Exhibit 1st anniversary Art Center : Visit your art center.

Exhibit 1st anniversary Art Center : Visit your art center.

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition commemorating the first anniversary of the Art Center, 59 S. State St., Salt Lake City, Utah, showing a hand with an eye. Date stamped on verso: Nov 28 1939. Work Proje... more