Nothing gives a clearer glimpse into depression-era life than the posters of the Works Progress Administration. Each poster provides a window into American culture and attitudes, showing how everyday Americans lived their lives. Take a close look at the WPA posters. Notice their bold colors, their striking text, and their simple imagery. These posters show what it meant to live during one of America's most challenging eras. And, these posters show what it means to be an American today--they're part of our collective history, our collective culture, and our collective consciousness.
Some of the posters promote healthy living. Some focus on travel and tourism. Some encourage viewers to attend a play, an exhibition, or a community event. But all provide a glimpse into American life during a critical period in the nation's development. Though the plays, concerts, and events described by the WPA posters are gone, the posters live on.
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