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!
- View a selection of WPA posters on the Library of Congress Flickr account. Posters featured in this post are part of a few dozen recently added to the album.
- Explore the over 900 WPA posters in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
- Within the WPA poster collection, enjoy more examples of posters related to:
- World War II, with messages about careless talk, victory gardens, war bonds, and more.
- Children, and their health, happiness and education.
- Expositions and World’s Fairs, including the Indian Court of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, and the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.
- Adult education, including classes in art, reading, writing, psychology, as well as trade and technical courses.