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National Parks Puzzle- WPA Poster Art

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The Works Progress Administration was established by presidential order in 1935, and by 1943 had employed more than 8 million workers. One of the programs under the WPA was the Federal Art Project, which employed a prodigous group of artists tasked with myriad projects. Included was a poster project that printed upwards of 2 million posters for various purposes. Early posters were entirely hand-painted, but a man named Anthony Velonis implemented a silkscreen process that allowed for mass production. On August 26, 1938, the National Park Service poster program was launched. The original program produced designs for 13 national parks. These posters were distributed to local chambers of commerce and to the parks themselves to encourage visitation. However, once distributed, all tracking of these posters ceased, and their whereabouts became a mystery.

Since then, all 13 of the designs have been recovered, some with just a single original poster, and the WPA design ethic has re-emerged as a popular style. Many parks have commissioned contemporary designers to create posters in the WPA style. There are currently 40 parks and monuments that have their own designs. This 1000 piece puzzle features 30 of those parks.

  • Features WPA style images representing 30 parks and monuments
  • 1000 piece puzzle
  • Finished size- 17 1/4" x 26 1/2"
  • Printed in the USA


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