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June 28, 2020

43 Vintage Posters Promoting Americans During the Great Depression and WWII

A set of interesting photos from Britt Fuller that show vintage posters from the Works Progress Administration which was an agency of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.

Vintage posters promoting Americans during the Great Depression and WWII

WPA artists designed and produced these posters to promote New Deal initiatives during the Great Depression and continued to produce posters during WWII to contribute to the war effort.

A WPA poster promoting New Deal Art programs, circa 1937

A Works Progress Administration Poster for statewide Library Project, 1937

Make It Safe: A safety poster created by the Works Progress Administration, circa 1938

Poster for Federal Music Project announcing free instruction in music, 1938

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of “Myra Kinch and Group” in a concert of modern dance at the Hollywood Playhouse, showing a dancer flinging her skirt wide, 1938

WPA poster promoting a healthy, balanced diet, circa 1938

1939 New York World's Fair poster by Joseph Binder

A poster for the 1939 New York World’s Fair by artist Nembhard N. Culin

A poster for the 1939 World's Fair in New York

A poster for the 1939 World's Fair in New York

A WPA poster referencing the 1939 New York World’s Fair

Know the Facts: A WPA poster, imploring the public to develop critical thinking skills, circa 1939

A WPA poster promoting home safety, circa 1940

A poster promoting women war workers, 1942

A WPA poster from 1942 promoting good workplace practices for the war effort during WWII

WWII recruiting poster by artist Ivan Dimitri, 1942

“For Defense. Blood means Life. Call Your Red Cross Chapter Today”, 1943

A WWII conservation salvage poster from 1943

A WWII lumber production poster from 1943

A WWII poster asking civilians to donate their cooking grease waste for making munitions, circa 1943

A WWII propaganda poster from 1943 by Kenny Clayton

A WWII V-Mail poster from 1943

The Four Freedoms: Freedom from Fear by Norman Rockwell, February 1943

The Four Freedoms: Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwell, February 1943

The Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech by Norman Rockwell, February 1943

The Four Freedoms: Freedom of Worship by Norman Rockwell, February 1943

A forest fire prevention poster from 1944

A World War II poster from 1944 promoting workplace eye safety

A Victory Garden poster from WWII

A Works Progress Administration poster touting the importance of music during World War II

A World War II poster reminding war workers to remain vigilant against Axis saboteurs

A World War II poster

A World War II propaganda poster encouraging civilians on the home front to follow wartime rationing guidelines

A WWII poster encouraging Americans to be more informed to defend democratic civic life

A WWII Poster promoting national unity

Above and Beyond: A WWII poster honoring Navy Cross recipient Dorie Miller, hero of Pearl Harbor

An American World War II propaganda poster

An American WWII defense poster

Calling all inventors. A WWII propaganda poster

Keep Punching: An American production poster from World War II

Keep Us Flying: Tuskegee Airman William Diez is featured in this World War II plea for Americans to buy war bonds. The poster is one of a series of patriotic posters sponsored by the Office of War Information

Poster promoting conservation of water for the war effort, Raymond Wilcox

WPA poster, urging Americans to become better-informed citizens




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