Friday, July 27, 2012

All-American posters with a message

In homage to the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the magazine Ready Made asked five artists to "reimagine the populist poster art of the first Great Depression." High-resolution images of the results (by Nick Dewar, Christopher Silas Neal, Christoph Niemann, Open, and Mike Perry) can be downloaded here.

With our abiding interest in all things locavore (e.g., From Container to Kitchen: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots), we really resonate to the first two. You can also go here for a stunning array of original WPA posters promoting reading and libraries. Huzzah for that! Can you imagine your young self without a library card? (Well, it might depend how old you are.)
This calendar was created by the New York City Poster Division to show government officials what the Federal Art Project was doing for the WPA.
For more historic, eye-catching posters, try 100 Posters of Paul Colin or The Art of Classic Rock.


  1. I'm officially in LOVE with the "Let Them Grow" poster. I'm going to try and find a place to buy a print, as soon as I'm off a work computer, haha!

  2. Love, love, love these! Especially a fan of the vintage library/reading propaganda posters. What I wouldn't give to have some of these hanging on my walls.

  3. Yay! I'm glad you guys like them.

  4. I highly recommend picking up The Art of Classic Rock, so many cool photo's worth framing from David Bowie, to The Rolling Stones.

    Love the calendar!!!