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“See America” Travel Posters During The Great Depression

June 16, 2012 by JJ in Art & Design with 0 Comments


In the midst of the Great Depression, travelers were invited to see more of America. Mountains, lakes, forests, caves, rock formations, explorers, cowboys and… teepees, too. These beautiful silkscreen posters not only enticed curious travelers, but helped artists during this economic slump.

These four examples are a part of a larger group of posters. This project for the United States Travel Bureau was funded by the U.S. Government through the WPA. The posters are not only beautiful examples of travel art, they are a piece of American economic history.

Top left: Rothstein. Top right: Halls. Bottom left: Dux. Bottom right: Nicholson.

About the Project: The Work Projects Administration (WPA) Poster Collection consists of 907 posters produced from 1936 to 1943 by various branches of the WPA.The results of one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts, the posters were added to the Library’s holdings in the 1940s. Source: Library of Congress

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