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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Art & Design

Light's Out: 1937

Light's Out: 1937

From 1937 comes this silkscreen Federal Art Project poster warning of the consequences of vandalism. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection.

 

Fate of the Rebel Flag: 1861

Fate of the Rebel Flag: 1861

Available as a Juniper Gallery Fine-Art Print, "Fate of the Rebel Flag" is the second of a pair of patriotic lithographs with a militantly Unionist theme based on paintings by William Bauly and issued by New York art publisher William Schaus in September 1861 at the start of the Civil War. In a spectacular nocturnal scene, a large warship sinks and burns, the flames taking on the configuration of the first flag of the Confederacy, the blue field with seven stars being formed by the night sky. Lightning strikes the flag from the upper left. View full size.

 

A Gentle Reminder: 1938

A Gentle Reminder: 1938

1938 WPA silkscreen poster promoting oral hygiene. Artist unknown. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection. Now available as a print!

 

Careless Matches Aid the Axis

Careless Matches Aid the Axis

Circa 1942 silkscreen poster by Louis Hirshman encouraging safe disposal of matches, showing stylized Japanese soldier standing behind a tree with a match, with the rising sun in the background. Federal Art Project / WPA War Services Project. View full size.

 

Herman Miller: 1958

Herman Miller: 1958

1958. Alexander and Susan Girard at the Herman Miller show in San Francisco. View larger. 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Charles & Ray Eames collection.

Test Chair: 1946

Test Chair: 1946

1946. Woman (Milah Birnie?) in an experimental plywood lounge chair. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Charles and Ray Eames collection.

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

 
 
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