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Boxed Notecard Set of WPA War Services Posters

5" x 7" notecards, blank on the inside

8 to a set (2 each of shown images)

Shorty Says: "Don't be a Jackass! Learn Your Planes!"
Careless Talk Costs Lives
Operators of Small Boats Enlist Now! U.S. Coast Guard
This Happens When You Talk To Others about Ship Sailings

The United States was mired in the Great Depression when President Franklin D. Roosevelt established a series of federal economic and relief programs collectively known as the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Among the many projects overseen by the WPA were the Public Works of Art Project (1933?34) and the Federal Art Project (1935?43). Designed to put unemployed artists to work, these programs provided opportunities in art instruction and research, and funded the creation of murals and sculptures in public spaces including schools, local government buildings, and parks.
New Orleans was one of the Federal Art Project's designated regional offices. In September 1940 the branch moved to 718 Toulouse Street, the use of which was donated by wealthy art patrons General L. Kemper Williams and his wife Leila Moore Williams, who had purchased the property in 1938. Teaching rooms and galleries were set up, and with American entry into World War II in December 1941, artists began producing art for the local war effort. These colorful posters promoted awareness of national security and rationing, and encouraged good diet and health habits. Soon after the war ended, General and Mrs. Williams restored 718 Toulouse to serve as their home, and today it is on tour as part of The Historic New Orleans Collection.


Item # 004069

A unique museum gift shop located in the French Quarter that offers reproduction maps and prints, jewelry and gifts by local artists and our own publications as well as many other titles related to the culture and history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Many of the items in this shop can only be found at The Historic New Orleans Collection. This gift shop features reproduction items from our collections that are educational and exclusive.