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Independence Day: 1939

Independence Day: 1939

A poster for the 1939 July 4th celebration at the DuPage County Centennial in Downers Grove, Illinois. View full size


re: Centennial Poster

Found on the Library of Congress, where they have a large number of WPA posters. There is no credit for the author.

Centennial Poster

Wow, what an amazing piece of Americana. Where did you find it? I googled the WPA and the Federal Arts Project and found out a little bit more about this poster project, rather short lived as it was. Is there any notation on the artist?

I'd like to use the image in my blog, with a hat tip to you if you approve.

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