Keep Mum: WPA Posters Do the Talking

25 Jun

Indian court, Federal Building, Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, 1939 Pomo Indian basket, California /

At the Library of Congress, Kristi Finefield reminds us of WPA poster art:

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!

See some examples here: Keep Mum: WPA Posters Do the Talking | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos.

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