Keep Mum: WPA Posters Do the Talking

Artists working for the Federal Art Project (FAP), a part of the Work Projects Administration (WPA), created thousands of posters between 1936 and 1943. The posters took on all manner of topics: public health and safety, cultural events and exhibitions, education, tourism, and wartime warnings, to name a few. Only a small percentage of those posters survive, and today they continue to deliver their messages with strong graphics and few words.

With that in mind, it seems only fair that I let the posters do the rest of the talking, while I keep mum!

Keep mum - the world has ears. Poster (silkscreen) by Edward T. Grigware, between 1941 and 1943. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05554

Keep mum – the world has ears. Poster (silkscreen) by Edward T. Grigware, between 1941 and 1943. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05554

Grow it yourself. Plan a farm garden now. Poster (silkscreen) by Herbert Bayer, between 1941 and 1943. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05737

Grow it yourself. Plan a farm garden now. Poster (silkscreen) by Herbert Bayer, between 1941 and 1943. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05737

John is not really dull - he may only need his eyes examined. Poster (silkscreen), 1936 or 1937. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05332

John is not really dull – he may only need his eyes examined. Poster (silkscreen), 1936 or 1937. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05332

Indian court, Federal Building, Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco. Poster (silkscreen) by Louis B. Siegriest, 1939. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05733

Indian court, Federal Building, Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco. Poster (silkscreen) by Louis B. Siegriest, 1939. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05733

Get a-head! Adult education classes : For adults at no charge. Poster (silkscreen), between 1936 and 1941. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05400

Get a-head! Adult education classes : For adults at no charge. Poster (silkscreen), between 1936 and 1941. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05400

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