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WPA Posters, HD

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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In March read the books you've always meant to read

In March read the books you've always meant to read

Poster for statewide Library Project showing a windblown woman and books by authors such as Scott, Dumas, Thackeray, Dickens, Austen, and others. Date stamped on verso: Mar 25 1941. Work Projects Administration... more

Keeping up with science / Shari.

Keeping up with science / Shari.

Poster promoting the study of science, showing a microscope, open book, and an eye. Date stamped on verso: Sep 7 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / ... more

Victory concerts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Free to the public / / Byron Browne.

Victory concerts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Free to the public ...

Poster for free "victory concerts" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York City, showing Nike of Samothrace. Sponsored by: The Juilliard School of Music, The New York Public Lib... 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).

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

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

WPA Federal Art Project exhibition - mural studies

WPA Federal Art Project exhibition - mural studies

Poster for WPA Federal Art Project exhibition of mural studies at the Federal Art Gallery 50 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. Date stamped on verso: Mar 20 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library... more

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

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).

A lifelong job--the constant protection of their health--The Cook County Public Health Unit / E.S. Reid.

A lifelong job--the constant protection of their health--The Cook Coun...

Poster showing a woman and two children in the rain. Date stamped on verso: Jan 8 1941. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

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).

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Poster promoting Pennsylvania, showing landscape with farm and plowed fields. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angeles : Wheatly... more

The Federal Theater presents its opening play "The royal family" [at] Waterloo Theater

The Federal Theater presents its opening play "The royal family" [at] ...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "The Royal Family" at the Waterloo Theater, showing illustration of two men fencing on steps with crown in background. Stamped on verso: Works Progress Adminis... more

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).

Visit the aquarium

Visit the aquarium

Poster promoting aquariums as places to visit, showing jellyfish. Poster designed by Hugh Stevenson, Philadelphia. Date stamped on verso: Aug 4 1937. 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

Sculpture classes for children now in session Under direction of Art Teaching Division, Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration.

Sculpture classes for children now in session Under direction of Art T...

Poster announcing scuplture classes for children conducted by the Art Teaching Division of the WPA Federal Art Project, showing sculpture of a horse. Date stamped on verso: Apr 9 1938. Work Projects Administrat... more

C.E. Reynolds "Mystery of broadwalk asylum"

C.E. Reynolds "Mystery of broadwalk asylum"

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Mystery of Broadwalk Asylum" at the Hollywood Playhouse, Vine at Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library o... more

Democracy .. a challenge

Democracy .. a challenge

Poster for democracy showing the hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty. Date stamped on verso: Aug 1 1940. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Don't jay walk Watch your step.

Don't jay walk Watch your step.

Poster encouraging pedestrians to obey the laws, showing a man being hit by an automobile while crossing the street, a policeman stands in the background. Date stamped on verso: Aug 4 1937. Work Projects Admini... more

Tuberculosis Don't kiss me! : Your kiss of affection - the germ of infection / / JD.

Tuberculosis Don't kiss me! : Your kiss of affection - the germ of inf...

Poster about tuberculosis in children and methods of transmission, showing a child wearing a bib. Town of Hempstead, W.H. Runcie M.D. Health Officer. Date stamped on verso: May 14 1941. Work Projects Administra... more

The Federal Theater presents "Old autumn" by James Knox Millen At the Waterloo Theater.

The Federal Theater presents "Old autumn" by James Knox Millen At the ...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Old Autumn" at the Waterloo Theater, showing a tree. Date stamped on verso: Jul 8 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Exhibition - drawings from Index of American Design Federal Art Project Works Progress Administration.

Exhibition - drawings from Index of American Design Federal Art Projec...

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition of drawings from the Index of American Design, showing a weather vane in the shape of a Native American. Date stamped on verso: Sep 16 1938. Work Projects Administratio... more

Art - Free neighborhood classes for adults ... enroll now

Art - Free neighborhood classes for adults ... enroll now

Poster from the WPA Adult Education program of the Chicago Board of Education announcing free neighborhood art classes, showing men and women working at easels. Date stamped on verso: May 22 1937. Work Projects... more

"Ah, Wilderness!" Federal Theatre Playhouse, Tulane & Miro Streets

"Ah, Wilderness!" Federal Theatre Playhouse, Tulane & Miro Streets

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Ah, Wilderness!" at the WPA Federal Theatre Playhouse, Tulane & Miro Streets, Los Angeles, Calif., showing a couple in Victorian dress. Work Projects Administ... more

Civil liberties in war times by Max Lerner City wide forum.

Civil liberties in war times by Max Lerner City wide forum.

Poster for a lecture by Max Lerner at Roosevelt High, Des Moines, Iowa, showing an armored guantlet clenched in a fist. Date stamped on verso: Jan 22 1940. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Librar... more

National exhibition "Index of American Design"

National exhibition "Index of American Design"

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition "Index of American Design" at Marshall Field and Co., 4th floor, showing an 18th century sailor using a sextant. Date stamped on verso: Apr 1 1937. Work Projects Admini... 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 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

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

The enemy is syphilis Enlist employees in a campaign against it.

The enemy is syphilis Enlist employees in a campaign against it.

Poster showing man wearing gas mask and men marching. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Date stamped on verso: Mar 27 1940. Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angel... 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).

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

A sparkling musical revue "Gaieties of 1936"

A sparkling musical revue "Gaieties of 1936"

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Gaieties of 1936" at the Greek Open Air Theatre, Vermont Avenue at Griffith Park, showing orchestra and dancing girls. Federal Stage Shows, Div. of W.P.A. Wor... more

Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration, announces the opening of the Southern Illinois Exhibition Project ...

Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration, announces the open...

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition, showing an eagle clutching paint brushes and a palette. Attributed to Carken. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

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

49th annual exhibition of American paintings sculpture Ride the North Shore Line / / M. Waltrip.

49th annual exhibition of American paintings sculpture Ride the North ...

Poster for art exhibition to be held at the Art Institute of Chicago, October 20 to December 4, showing images of a city skyline and a farm superimposed over an American flag. Date stamped on verso: Oct 31 1938... more

Help your neighborhood by keeping your premises clean Tenement House Dept. of the City of New York : F.H. La Guardia, Mayor : Langdon W. Post, Commissioner.

Help your neighborhood by keeping your premises clean Tenement House D...

Poster promoting better living conditions by keeping tenement neighborhoods clean. Date stamped on verso: Apr 16 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

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).

"Two a day" is leaving soon

"Two a day" is leaving soon

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Two a Day" at the Hollywood Playhouse. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

The job of being a parent / Kreger.

The job of being a parent / Kreger.

Poster promoting families, showing father, mother, son, and daughter. Date stamped on verso: Sep 7 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher De... more

The Dance Theatre "Young tramps" Choreography by Don Oscar Becque, music composed by Donald Pond : The American Dance seeks new technique to express to-days problems.

The Dance Theatre "Young tramps" Choreography by Don Oscar Becque, mus...

Poster for Federal Dance Theatre Project presentation of "Young Tramps," showing two hobos on a street corner. Date stamped on verso: Apr 16 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Cong... more

January--A year of good reading ahead / Hazlett.

January--A year of good reading ahead / Hazlett.

Poster for statewide WPA Library Project, Illinois, showing a child pulling a sled full of books toward a house. Date stamped on verso: Jan 8 1941. 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).

The Federal Theatre Div. of W.P.A. presents "The pursuit of happiness" by Armina Marshall Langer & Lawrence Langer

The Federal Theatre Div. of W.P.A. presents "The pursuit of happiness"...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "The pursuit of happiness" at the President Theatre, showing outline of the Liberty Bell. Date stamped on verso: Jul 8 1937. Work Projects Administration Poste... more

Seattle Children's Theatre [presents] "Flight" a living newspaper play

Seattle Children's Theatre [presents] "Flight" a living newspaper play

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Flight" at the Federal Theatre, Rainier & Atlantic, Seattle, Washington, showing an airplane. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congr... more

The second series of the composers' forum Laboratory begins Wed. eve., Oct 14, 8:30 : Featuring American composers every Wednesday evening at the W.P.A. Federal Music Project Headquarters.

The second series of the composers' forum Laboratory begins Wed. eve.,...

Poster announcing series of music forums for composers open to the public at the Federal Music Project Headquarters, 110 W. 48th St., New York City, showing musical note. Work Projects Administration Poster Col... more

Know the risks involved Syphilis is acquired and transmitted largely by youth : Youth should receive special attention : Consult a reputable physician.

Know the risks involved Syphilis is acquired and transmitted largely b...

Poster encouraging examinations for syphilis. Title from item. Date stamped on verso: Jun 4 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Caption continues: Last year a half-millio... more

The President's birthday ball "So we may dance again" Fight infantile paralysis.

The President's birthday ball "So we may dance again" Fight infantile ...

Poster for The President Hotel's birthday ball "so we may dance again" to raise funds in support of the fight to cure infantile paralysis. More information about the WPA Posters is available at http://hdl.loc.g... more

This breaks the back of a book!

This breaks the back of a book!

WPA poster shows a boy doing a handstand on the spine of a book. Title from item. Purchase; Swann Galleries; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:157.02).

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).

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).

Don't gum up a book

Don't gum up a book

WPA poster shows a boy walking on a book with gummed up feet and hands. Title from item. Purchase; Swann Galleries; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:157.05).

The Federal Theatre Div. of W.P.A. presents "The pursuit of happiness" by Armina Marshall Langer & Lawrence Langer A gay rollicking fun fest on the stage in 3 acts.

The Federal Theatre Div. of W.P.A. presents "The pursuit of happiness"...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "The pursuit of happiness" at the Waterloo Theater, showing outline of the liberty bell. Date stamped on verso: Jul 8 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster... more

Picasso--40 years of his art

Picasso--40 years of his art

Poster for art exhibition Feb. 1 to Mar. 3 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angeles: Wheatly Pr... more

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

Visit Pennsylvania Where pre-revolutionary costumes still survive / / Katherine Milhous.

Visit Pennsylvania Where pre-revolutionary costumes still survive / / ...

Poster promoting Pennsylvania, showing head-and-shoulders portrait of a woman in eighteenth-century costume against a background of fraktur. Signed in pencil by the artist. No. 55. Work Projects Administration ... more

"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).

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).

Freedom of expression, of religion, from want, from fear everywhere in the world

Freedom of expression, of religion, from want, from fear everywhere in...

Poster promoting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's four freedoms, showing a globe, two books, and the hand and torch from the Statue of Liberty. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Co... more

Story hour W.P.A recreation project - Dist. no. 2 / / Shari.

Story hour W.P.A recreation project - Dist. no. 2 / / Shari.

Poster showing a girl sitting at the knees of a woman holding an open book. Date stamped on verso: Apr 1 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

[Snow White and the seven dwarfs] / Aida.

[Snow White and the seven dwarfs] / Aida.

Poster depicting Snow White with the prince surrounded by the Seven Dwarfs. Date stamped on verso: Mar 24 1941. 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

Westfield Athenaeum - Federal Art Project water color show

Westfield Athenaeum - Federal Art Project water color show

Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition of watercolors at the Westfield Athenaeum. Date stamped on verso: Mar 20 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

WPA Federal Theatre [presents] If ye break faith

WPA Federal Theatre [presents] If ye break faith

Poster for WPA Federal Theatre Project presentation of "If Ye Break Faith" showing the Grim Reaper with scythe harvesting cross-shaped tombstones. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

"Me 3rd" laugh hit of the season

"Me 3rd" laugh hit of the season

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Me 3rd" at the Alcazar, showing a cartoon figure. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Lack of funds need not discourage from seeking competent medical care consult your health bureau.

Lack of funds need not discourage from seeking competent medical care ...

Poster promoting better health care. Date stamped on verso: Jul 18 1939. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

"Battle hymn" by Michael Gold & Michael Blankfort epic drama of pre-civil war days.

"Battle hymn" by Michael Gold & Michael Blankfort epic drama of pre-ci...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Battle Hymn" at the Columbia theater, showing a half-length portrait of a white man, facing left, reaching his hand toward the hand of an African American. Wo... more

WPA Federal Music Project of New York City presents free band concerts [at the] Brooklyn Museum

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 Brooklyn Museum, showing a man conducting. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters ... more

The Federal Theater Div. of W.P.A. presents "It can't happen here" [by] Sinclair Lewis

The Federal Theater Div. of W.P.A. presents "It can't happen here" [by...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis at the President Theatre, showing soldiers and a fist in a raised-arm salute. Date stamped on verso: Jul 8 1937. Work ... more

"Class of 29" Where do they go from here?

"Class of 29" Where do they go from here?

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Class of 29" at the Musart Theatre, 1320 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, Calif., showing a man standing on a street corner with a street sign that reads "College 19... 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.

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

See America Visit the national parks.

See America Visit the national parks.

Poster for United States Travel Bureau promoting travel to national parks, showing a waterfall. Date stamped on verso: Jul 22 1940. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters ... more

Be wise Don't play with firecrackers : Department of Health, New York City.

Be wise Don't play with firecrackers : Department of Health, New York ...

Poster warning of the dangers of playing with firecrackers, showing the face of a boy with an injured eye. Date stamped on verso: Apr 16 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress... more

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).

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

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

Shame may be fatal If you fear you have contracted a disease don't let false shame destroy health & happiness : Consult a reputable physician.

Shame may be fatal If you fear you have contracted a disease don't let...

Poster encouraging persons with syphilis to seek proper treatment as soon as possible. Date stamped on verso: Dec 1 1937. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA... more

War declared Almost! : For full details see "Warrior's husband" coming to Alcazar.

War declared Almost! : For full details see "Warrior's husband" coming...

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

Exhibit - WPA Federal Art Gallery, State of New Jersey Opening Nov. 15, Calumet B'l'd'g., 17-19 William St., Newark, N.J.

Exhibit - WPA Federal Art Gallery, State of New Jersey Opening Nov. 15...

Poster announcing opening of exhibit of WPA art at the Federal Art Gallery at 17-19 William St., Newark, New Jersey, showing drafting and painting equipment. Date stamped on verso: Jan 5 1939. Work Projects Adm... more

Try our jumbo malts - it's new, it's different, so is ...  "Follow the parade"

Try our jumbo malts - it's new, it's different, so is ... "Follow the...

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Follow the Parade" at the Greek Theatre, Vermont Ave at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, Calif., showing a jumbo malt. Work Projects Administration Poster Collecti... more

Vision can be saved 50% of babies born with syphilis have impaired eyesight : Consult a reputable physician

Vision can be saved 50% of babies born with syphilis have impaired eye...

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.

"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

Must we always have this? Why not housing?

Must we always have this? Why not housing?

Poster promoting planned housing as the solution to a host of inner-city problems, showing an inkblot on which are drawn elements of inner-city life. Date stamped on verso: Oct 20 1936. Work Projects Administra... 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

"Cradle snatchers" Cradle snatching! at Pickering Park Playhouse.

"Cradle snatchers" Cradle snatching! at Pickering Park Playhouse.

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Cradle Snatchers" at the Pickering Park Playhouse, San Bernardino, Calif., showing an old woman holding a man in her arms next to a cradle. Work Projects Admi... more

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

"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

Early is the watchword for cancer control Early diagnosis, early treatment will save many lives : Early cancer can be cured.

Early is the watchword for cancer control Early diagnosis, early treat...

Poster promoting early diagnosis and treatment for cancer, showing a rooster crowing at sunrise. Date stamped on verso: Sep 2 1938. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). U.S. Pub... more

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

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 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--Art by children

Exhibition--Art by children

Poster showing a child's hand on an artist's palette. Date stamped on verso: Feb 16 1940. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angel... more

"Volpone" by Ben Jonson

"Volpone" by Ben Jonson

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Volpone" at the Mayan Theatre, showing a skull with gold coins. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

"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

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

More women die of cancer than do men 70 percent of the 35,000 women who die annually of cancer of the breast and uterus could be saved if treated in time.

More women die of cancer than do men 70 percent of the 35,000 women wh...

Poster encouraging women to seek treatment for cancer. Date stamped on verso: Sep 2 1938. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). U.S. Public Health Service in cooperation with the... more

Brookfield Zoo--By the "L" / Long.

Brookfield Zoo--By the "L" / Long.

Poster showing a panda bear hugging a tree. Date stamped on verso: Jun 15 1938. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angeles: Wheatl... more

Your blood is bad means you have syphilis You can give it to others through sexual intercourse and in other ways : You must keep up treatments for at least six months to one year following infection : Consult a reputable physician.

Your blood is bad means you have syphilis You can give it to others th...

Poster encouraging persons with syphilis to seek proper treatment and continue in treatment for at least one year, showing a test tube with blood. Date stamped on verso: Jun 4 1937. Work Projects Administration... more