Friday, June 5, 2009

Creating Jobs in 1939

By 1939, the Great Depression had actually worsened, despite Franklin Delano Roosevelt's best efforts to create jobs. The Works Progress Administration had many disparaging nicknames, such as "We Piddle Along". One lasting legacy of the WPA is the posters created under the various Federal Art Projects, funded from Washington, D.C. and carried out by the states. This one was made in 1939 - a Federal Art Project for a WPA Recreation Project, in District No. 2, which was Illinois. This promoted government organized sand castle building for children.

Similarly, the Safety Division of the Illinois WPA was producing posters as well, also under the auspices of a Federal Art Project and made this striking image the same year. Both images are silkscreens on boards.


Sweet Repose said...

I love the history of your family, with the ferns and the hardware store, the view from your window...we all had wonderful memories in spite of the depressions and made it all better.

Have a wonderful weekend out there in sunny California!


High Desert Diva said...

I do love these old WPA posters.

Think I'm all caught up now!