Public domain WPA posters from the Library of Congress


15 Responses to “Public domain WPA posters from the Library of Congress”

  1. David Fiander says:

    Go here: for high resolution images for a lot of WPA posters.

  2. Messana says:

    I can’t help but see that as a poster of Renesco Blue from Pirate Corp$.  Please tell me I’m not the only one.

  3. pjcamp says:

    I like the one with the giant ears of popcorn.

  4. siloxane says:

    Nice — those are some pretty cool posters.
    By the way, your link to the drunk driving poster goes to the wrong one.  It should be to:

    • mynonymouse says:

      My excitement about the post getting picked up was rather dimmed when I noticed the same thing myself. Thanks for catching it.

      And nice pseudonym. Reminds me of Wolczanski.

  5. Eric Hunt says:

    The full size scans are also being uploaded by the National Archives to Wikimedia Commons:,_compiled_1942_-_1945

  6. brillow says:

    I find this one somewhat shocking, did they even have porno books back then?

  7. horacewidmer says:

    My local library in Minneapolis has one of the largest collections of WWII propaganda poster collections for both browsing and reprints. I’ve personally ordered about seven for myself and as gifts and they’re high quality. You can also search by keyword which is totally fun (i.e. “invent”)


  8. semiotix says:

    See kids? History is important. You probably thought your generation invented shitty graphic design. Well, now you know better!

    (I mean, I love it. I want to go find some Depression-era government functionary in a homburg and sensible shoes and hug him. But some of this is terrible.)

  9. catgrin says:

    Postcards and posters of the classic Ranger Doug images for the national parks are still available. I found out about them when took a cross-country road trip in 2009. They had them at the painted desert.

  10. buffalo says:

    Lots of these posters, and many other historic posters (WWI, Magician, Wild West, Circus) are available at

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