Thursday, April 9, 2009

Illustrating Health For The WPA

The Great Depression had entered a whole new decade and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Work Progress Administration was still creating government jobs that the private sector couldn't support. In this case, employing artists to create public service posters to encourage the good behavior of the citizenry. Both these posters appear to have been created by the same unknown artist, in a spare, Art Deco style.

They were drawn and printed in 1940 for Ohio's Cleveland Division of Health, through the Food and Drug Administration, as part of a Federal Art Project.

Both images are courtesy of the Library of Congress.


High Desert Diva said...

I always enjoy seeing these posters.

Anonymous said...

How ironic! Public pools were considered a public health menace in the 40's and 50's because of a (well-founded?) fear that they were a prime source of polio transmission. Mothers of that era simply would not allow their children to frolic in public pools. Interesting to see a "Swim for Health" pitch for public pools under the aegis of a President who suffered from polio.