Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Lost WPA Posters?

While doing research at the University of Maryland College Park Archives, I found photographs that showed the WPA posters shown below (images are cropped from the original photographs). The Library of Congress has 900 of the "2000 WPA posters known to exist." None of the posters below appear to be included in the Library of Congress's collection. Could some of the originals still be out there somewhere?    

(All images courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.)


  1. I don't know how active this blog is anymore, but I have an original "Be Wise, Take Care" poster found at an antique store in Mitchell, South Dakota and would be quite interested in further discussion about the "lost" nature of this artifact. (At what press was it printed? Designed by whom?) Any further details would be greatly appreciated; the WPA artist's program is one of the reasons I decided to go into art and I, naturally, cherish my one object from it. Thank you in advance!

    1. Wow, very cool. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about it; I just ran across it while I was doing some research at the University of Maryland Archives.