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WPA Posters Part 1

June 30, 2010

Found out about this via Hoefler & Frere-Jones blog.

Back in the Depression, the Works Project Administration (WPA) established the Federal Art Project to help keep artists employed during that challenging time. Part of the project included posters for national parks, advertisements for plays and musicals, public health announcements, and after the beginning of the US involvement in WWII, propaganda.

Today the Library of Congress has a vast collection of these posters that have been digitized at various resolutions and are available for the public to download for free.

I spent about a half-hour going through the first 7 pages of the catalog. There were 47 total. Here are my favorites so far:

  1. June 30, 2010 8:29 am

    Wow very cool, and they are free! How good is the resolution?

    • June 30, 2010 12:45 pm

      The tiff files are in the 40-60 mb range, so I imagine the resolution should be 300dpi.


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