Sanitation promotion history: US New Deal posters

Posted created in 1940 by John Buczak for the US Federal Art Project. Collection Library of Congress

During the Great Depression in the 1930s, the US Government launched a series of economic programmes collectively known as the New Deal. The largest  of these programmes, run by WPA, the Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration), employed millions of unemployed people to carry out public works projects. Most famous was the WPA Federal Art Project (FAP) that employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

The FAP created over 200,000 separate works including 2,000 posters. Shown  here are several posters promoting sanitation and hygiene from the WPA poster collection of the Library of Congress.

Poster created by unknown artist for the WPA Federal Art Project. Collection Library of Congress.

Poster created by Robert Muchley between 1941 and 1943 for the WPA Federal Art Project . Collection Library of Congress [

 

Poster created by Erik Hans Krause between 1936 and 1939 for the WPA Federal Art Project, Collection Library of Congress

Poster created by unknown artist in 1936 or 1937 for the WPA Federal Art Project. Collection Library of Congress.

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3 responses to “Sanitation promotion history: US New Deal posters

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  2. We would like to use the posters and upload them on our homepage in the library posters section. Are the above posted posters freely available or are copyrighted?

    • Clicking on each poster image will take you to the Library of Congress record of that poster. The record includes copyright information under the heading “rights advisory”, which I think in nearly all cases is “No known restrictions on publication”.

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