Posts Tagged ‘Vintage WPA posters’

A WPA poster advertising a Queens roller rink

February 16, 2013

This WPA poster, part of a collection of posters digitized by the Library of Congress, must have been created in the early 1940s.

Rollerskatingposter

That’s because the New York City Building didn’t exist before the 1939 World’s Fair.

“After the World’s Fair, the building became a recreation center for the newly created Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The north side of the building, now the Queens Museum, housed a roller rink and the south side offered an ice rink,” the Queens Museum of Art website explains.

Celebrating Halloween in Central Park in 1936

October 29, 2012

Except for the pumpkin obscured in the background, there’s nothing particularly Halloween-esque about this poster, designed by the Works Progress Administration in 1936.

Though it looks like the carnival is geared toward adults, this poster for the same Halloween event clearly has kids in mind. I’d love to know what the prizes were.

Both are part of the Library of Congress’ excellent WPA poster collection from the 1930s and 1940s.


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