Between 1936 and 1943 thousands of boldly coloured and graphically diverse posters were produced by the Work Projects Administration, established as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. These posters were designed to publicise health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. Here is a selection of the posters produced to promote libraries, books and learning.
The full Library of Congress WPA Poster Collection, containing over 900 items, can be viewed on the Library’s website.
Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, WPA Poster Collection.