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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Art & Design

Splashdown: 1960

Splashdown: 1960

Somewhere in suburbia circa 1960. Probably South Florida. Anscochrome transparency by Frank Scherschel, Life magazine photo archive. View full size.

A Vintage Christmas Carol

A Vintage Christmas Carol

"The Works Progress Administration in Ohio presents the Federal Theatre for youth in 'A Christmas Carol.'" This poster for the Federal Theatre Project presentation of "A Christmas Carol" was created between 1936 and 1941.
View full size | Vintage Christmas Photos

 

See America: 1939

See America: 1939

From 1939 and Alexander Dux, a Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project poster promoting tourism. View full size. Now a fine-art print.

 

See You Next Fall

See You Next Fall

A 1939 Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project silkscreen poster promoting Sea Cliff, Long Island. View full size. Now a fine-art print.

 

Tidy That Tenement!

Tidy That Tenement!

A 1937 Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project poster asking New Yorkers to keep the premises clean. View full size. Now a fine-art print.

 

Five and Ten: 1941

Five and Ten: 1941

A Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project poster from 1941 extolling the benefits of retail commerce. View full size. Now a fine-art print.

 

A Good Time to Read: 1940

A Good Time to Read: 1940

A circa 1940 Illinois WPA Art Project poster promoting literacy. View full size.

 
 
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