Posters for the people: art of the WPA

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Quirk Books, Sep 15, 2008 - Antiques & Collectibles - 216 pages
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Arriving just in time for the 75th anniversary of the New Deal, Posters for the People features nearly 500 of the best posters produced by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the 1930s and 1940s. As you'll recall from high school history class, the WPA employed hundreds of out-of-work artists to raise awareness about public issues and civic life. Today their posters are celebrated as iconic works of graphic design; they also provide timeless messages about the merits of hard work, good parenting, a clean house, and personal hygiene. Posters for the People was produced by the WPA Living Archive, a project started in 2002 to preserve the legacy of these images. Some of the posters have been cataloged by the Library of Congress, but more than 25 percent are 'new' and have never been published in book form. Complete with hundreds of beautifully reproduced images, Posters for the People is essential reading for artists, designers, collectors of Americana, and anyone interested in United States history.

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User Review  - kristenn - LibraryThing

Basically just a (large, very pretty) art book. After a basic intro, the posters are left to stand on their own. It was interesting to see warnings about things like drunk driving and smoking from long before either was outlawed. Read full review

Contents

POSTERS FOR THE PEOPLE 6 THE POSTERS
1
Prosperity Opportunity
7
ArtCraft
29
Health Safety
48
Travel Destinations
70
American Cultural Traditions 86 WILD LIFE Preservation Conservation
86
Community Events
110
Knowledge Information
126
Neighborhood Places
142
War Defense
152
Sports Recreation
164
Theatre Dance Music
178
THE WPA LIVING ARCHIVE
211
INDEX mm CREDITS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
212
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About the author (2008)

Ennis Carter is the founder and director of Design for Social Impact in Philadelphia and the driving force behind the WPA Living Archive.

Christopher DeNoon is the author of Posters of theWPA and co-owner of Fibula Studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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