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National Park Posters is the premiere source for original WPA-style posters of America's National Parks.Photographer and graphic artist Rob Decker, who studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park when he was just 19, has been photographing our National Parks for the past 35 years. Now he's creating original artwork for each park using WPA-period styles, but with imagery and color palettes that are more natural and representative of today's real world visitor experience.
In the 1930s, the Federal Government created the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, the Works Progress Administration (renamed the Work Project Administration (WPA) in 1939).
The WPA employed millions of mostly unemployed unskilled men to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings, regional airports and roads.
Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed. The WPA's initial appropriation in 1935 was $4.9 billion, and in total spent $13.4 billion.
In the smaller, but more famous project — the Federal Project Number One — the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. It commissioned hundreds of artists to create thousands of poster designs for public exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, health, safety and educational programs, nature and travel.
The Federal Art Project at its peak employed more than 5,300 artists. Artists from the Art Teaching Division were employed in settlement houses and community centers to give classes to an estimated 50,000 children and adults. They set up over 100 art centers around the country that served an estimated eight million individuals.
Included in these Federal Art Project designs were National Park posters, designed to encourage Americans to travel and explore our national treasures. By the end of the WPA era, only 26 National Parks had been established and only 14 national park posters had been created. The National Park Posters designs I have created in the style of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) artists are a tribute to their work.
These posters are not endorsed or sponsored by the National Park Service or the Department of the Interior. They are intended to be reminiscent of the WPA style of posters from the 1930s and 1940s. National Park Posters is not associated in any way with the National Park Service or the Department of the Interior.
The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.
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