Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Works Progress Administration Auto Posters -- great art, great expressions of 1930s &1940s car culture


  • Title: Your wartime duty! Don't waste water Do not use hose for washing your automobile. Do use water from a pail / / Kerkam.
  • Date Created/Published: [New York] : NYC WPA War Services, [between 1941 and 1943]
  • Medium: 1 print on board (poster) : silkscreen, color.
  • Summary: Poster for The New York City Department of Water Supply, Gas & Electricity for a campaign to conserve water, showing a man washing his car.




  • Title: Don't kill our wild life
  • Date Created/Published: NYC : Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project, [between 1936 and 1940]
  • Medium: 1 print on board (poster) : silkscreen, color.



  • Title: Can you stop? - Speed and stopping distance - Iowa State Safety Council / designed & produced by Iowa Art Program.

  • Date Created/Published: [Iowa]: Iowa Art Program, [between 1936 and 1940]
  • Medium: 1 print on board (poster) : silkscreen, color.
  • Summary: Safety poster features a chart including miles per hour, feet per second, and estimated distance required to react, brake, and stop a vehicle.






  • Title: Evite accidentes No se quede en la calle durante una alarma / / 6 MAR.
  • Creator(s): Rodr√≠dguez, Miguel A., artist
  • Related Names:
       Federal Art Project , sponsor
  • Date Created/Published: [Illinois] : WPA, [1942]
  • Medium: 1 print (poster) : silkscreen, color.
  • Summary: Poster showing a man lying on the sidewalk next to an automobile crashed into a lamp post. 




  • Title: Don't jay walk Watch your step.
  • Creator(s): Posoff, Isadore, artist
  • Date Created/Published: Pennsylvania : WPA Federal Art Project, [1936 or 1937]
  • Medium: 1 print (poster) : woodcut, color.
  • Summary: Poster encouraging pedestrians to obey the laws, showing a man being hit by an automobile while crossing the street, a policeman stands in the background.



  • Title: Federal Theatre [presents] "It might happen to you" A drama in three acts by Leon Lord : The most powerful courtroom drama ever written.

  • Date Created/Published: [California : Federal Art Project, 1939]
  • Medium: 1 print (poster) : silkscreen, color.
  • Summary: Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "It Might Happen to You" at the Savoy Theatre, showing a woman hit by an automobile.

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