WPA Literature-Related Poster #2

The Core would like to share an interesting source of literature-related art: The Federal Art Project, the visual arts arm of the WPA program from August 29, 1935 until June 30, 1943.

The FAP commissioned unemployed artists, including Jackson Pollack, to create public service posters, murals and paintings. The paintings depict various programs and projects sponsored by the government: health and safety programs, cultural programs which include art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances, travel and tourism, educational programs, and community activities. The posters were printed mainly on poster board, but they were also produced as one-sheet and multi-sheet designs and were sometimes signed by the artist.

Here is the daily sample:

This great poster, done by artist Arlington Gregg, depicts a group of children holding a sign that says that they are members of the be kind to books club. The title is, as you might expect, Be Kind to Books Club Are You a Member? This piece of art was also done in Illinois for the WPA Art Project.

For the full set of posters, visit bit.ly/ZLtGgl.

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