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Posters for the People: Art of the WPA

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This lavishly illustrated volume amasses nearly 500 of the best and most striking posters designed by artists working in the 1930s and early 1940s for the government-sponsored Works Progress Administration, or WPA. Posters for the People presents these works for what they truly are: highly accomplished and powerful examples of American art. All are iconic and eye-catching, ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Quirk Books
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Angel
Nov 20, 2011 Angel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: history buffs, esp. if interested in New Deal era and WPA, art fans
This is an excellent book that I think more people should be reading and looking over. The book is a collection of posters made by the agencies of the WPA during the New Deal. The neat thing is a lot of the posters have not been seen before. According to the WPA Living Archive (a preservation project and compilers of the book), most of the posters that still exist are being preserved in the Library of Congress. Now, the LOC has about 900 posters out of an estimated millions out there; according ...more
Jeanette
Jul 15, 2009 Jeanette rated it liked it
The largest agency that President Franklin D. Roosevelt created as part of his New Deal program was the Works Progress Administration. The WPA employed millions of Americans in a wide variety of civic projects across the nation. One arm of the WPA was the Federal Art Project which employed artists and writers to create and perform in various entertainments.
The Poster division of the FAP was charged with producing posters to raise awareness and promote programs, basically on many levels it was go
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In "BookPage," "Posters for the People" was written to celebrate the "75th anniversary of FDR's New Deal through posters...created by the (WPA)." The book review, by MiChelle Jones, is in the 2nd paragraph: (http://bookpage.com/reviews/5882-iron...).
Kristen Northrup
Aug 09, 2009 Kristen Northrup rated it really liked it
Basically just a (large, very pretty) art book. After a basic intro, the posters are left to stand on their own. It was interesting to see warnings about things like drunk driving and smoking from long before either was outlawed.
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