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WPA – Travel & Tourism Poster

Via: Shorpy “Always Something Interesting’

This poster was created by the WPA Federal Art Project in New York City to promote New York’s municipal airports, circa 1937.

“City of New York Municipal Airports. No. 1 Floyd Bennett Field. No. 2 North Beach. East River Seaplane bases, Wall  Street and 31st Street. F.H. LaGuardia, Mayor. John McKenzie, Commissioner of Docks.”

http://vintagraph.com/wpa-posters/travel-tourism-posters/

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Works Progress Administration (WPA)

The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

It fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing.

Almost every community in the United States had a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency, which especially benefited rural and Western areas.

The budget at the outset of the WPA in 1935 was $1.4 billion a year. (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP), and in total it spent $13.4 billion.[

At its peak in 1938 it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men (and some women), as well as youth in a separate division the National Youth Administration.

You can read more about the WPA, here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_Progress_Administration

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July 16, 2011 - Posted by | U.S. Cities, WPA - posters | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Love the poster, Seems like I’ve seen some variations of it with planes somewhere.

    Comment by mazemangriot | July 16, 2011 | Reply


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