The private collection in New Orleans has the largest set of pre-war and wartime posters we’ve seen and adds 49 new items that aren’t documented in any other archive!
This is also an important find because the beautifully design posters are uncharacteristically signed by the artists who created them. Most shops in the poster division did not permit workers to credit their art (you might find some hidden signatures throughout the archive, though!)
Some of these posters raise difficult questions about the types of messages and images designed by this propaganda effort of the Roosevelt administration. While we take very seriously the job of documenting ALL posters created under the WPA, we also have made it a policy not to sell any reproductions of the few posters that depict racist of demeaning content.
More of the posters are just really great examples of the public issues of the era. We hope you enjoy looking through this new addition to the public record!