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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Art & Design

Winter Sports in Arosa: 1939

Winter Sports in Arosa: 1939

A 1938 promotional poster showing the many types of winter sports available in Arosa, Switzerland: Ice hockey, ice skating, skiing, and curling. View full size.

They Like Winter in New York State

They Like Winter in New York State

A Federal Art Project poster promoting winter sports in New York: "They like winter in New York State. The state that has everything." The poster was created by Jack Rivlota between 1936 and 1941. View full size.

 

Attention Shorpy Shoppers

Attention Shorpy Shoppers

Check out the 400-plus images in the newly refurbished ShorpyArt Store, available as fine-art prints suitable for framing, struck on museum-grade imported French art paper by Shorpy artisans at the Juniper Gallery premises in Fairfax, Virginia. Order soonish to ensure delivery for the holidays. Clickety.

Antonio Petruccelli Holiday Print

Antonio Petruccelli Holiday Print

In what we hope will be an annual tradition, we're pleased to open the season on the Shorpy/Plan59 Holiday Print, made at Juniper Gallery in Fairfax, Virginia, from an original 1938 painting by noted Fortune magazine illustrator Antonio Petruccelli that we purchased at auction last fall in New York. The prints, struck on French art paper with archival inks, are very detailed and quite beautiful.
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Hi! I’m Poor!

Hi! I’m Poor!

A cheery WPA Art Project poster from 1940 for the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority. View full size. Old photos to resume in a few short hours.

 

Pick Up a Case Today

Pick Up a Case Today

A Federal Art Project silkscreen poster from 1941, one of a series of public health graphics so attractively designed, they almost seemed like ads for VD. View full size. Get it while it lasts ... Spread the message with this fine-art print.

 

Back to Books: 1940

Back to Books: 1940

A silkscreen WPA Art Project poster for the Illinois State Library Project circa 1940. View full size. Available as a Juniper Gallery fine-art print.

 
 
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