Theatre Posters Of The 1930s And 1940s
Photograph - Photography
From the Library of Congress site: The "By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943" collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress's collection of more than 900 is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library's holdings in the 1940s. As products of a U.S. government department, these images are in the public domain. Quoting: "The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions on the materials in the Work Projects Administration Poster Collection."
Many of those photographed obviously were less-than-prime examples, some showing folds, edge damage, discoloration and other faults. A few of the posters were signed by the artist under the artist's printed name. I have brightened those that were dull and made what few corrections were possible.
NOTE: The Fine Art watermark visible in preview windows is not on any print.
February 1st, 2012
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