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Prints and Photographs Division



Graphic Journalism and Illustration
Photojournalism Collections
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WPA Posters
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WPA women painters, Federal Art Gallery, 50 Beacon St., Boston. Between 1936 and 1938. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection. Prints and Photographs Division.
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Among the original silk-screened Work Projects Administration (WPA) Posters (900 posters, 1936-43) produced by various branches of the WPA, there are several that address women directly, promoting prenatal care, advertising employment opportunities, and offering advice about health and child-rearing matters. Among posters about cancer prevention is one designed by Alex Kallenberg in the mid-1930s advocating early detection of breast and uterine cancer and reminding women that cancer claims more women than men [picture].

Women artists contributed to the WPA poster effort, Katherine Milhous (1894-1977) and Vera Bock (b. 1905) prominent among them.

Further information about the WPA Poster Collection can be found by using the “About this Collection” link in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.

Searching the Collection

Catalog records for all of the WPA posters can be found in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, where the collection has its own listing (Posters: WPA Posters).
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Don't fight cancer alone. Vera Bock. Between 1936 and 1938. Prints and Photographs Division.
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Digitized images accompany the records. The same materials are available in American Memory as: By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943.

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