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10 Remarkable (Free!) Vintage Posters from the Library of Congress

An 1873 Currier & Ives print.

Thanks to the Instagram feed of local artist Marc Pekala (@marcsart_) we took a deep dive into the Library of Congress’ digital print collection this morning. Pekala makes it a point to share goodies he finds in the collection, and to point out that many of the works belong to the people of the United States–meaning anyone can download the gorgeous Art Deco-inspired pieces and hang them in their homes. We dug up some truly artful posters from the late 1930s, many of which were commissioned and created by the WPA. ┬áHere are some of our favorites:

locartclasses
Bold strokes and curly fonts on a poster advertising art classes. Created by the Chicago WPA Art Project.

 

locjohneyes
Poor John. Turns out he only needed glasses! Created by WPA Federal Art Project.

 

locfunny
Ah, the joys of a good book. Created by WPA Federal Art Project.

 

locpenguins
Math would honestly be a lot more fun with such sleek Art Deco numerals. Created by Federal Art Project.

 

locpanda
The American public’s fascination with pandas goes back decades. Created by Federal Art Project.

 

locparks
Simple but impactful design. Created by Ohio Federal Art Project.

 

lochiking
The 1930s version of a Michelle Obama inspirational fitness speech. Created by Chicago WPA Art Project.

 

loccancer
Remarkably straightforward and moving. Created by WPA Federal Art Project.

 

locbreastfeeding
Nearly 80 years later, women are still struggling for this right. Created by WPA Federal Art Project.

 

locfieldday
A color scheme straight out of a Wes Anderson film. Created by Illinois WPA Federal Art Project.

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Hillary writes about interiors, real estate, arts, and culture. She is the former digital media editor of The New Republic, and her work has also been published in Glamour, The New York Times Book Review, and The Washington Post, among others. You can follow her on Instagram @hillarylouisekelly or on Pinterest @hlkelly.