DIY WPA Art Prints

September 21, 2007

I recently came across an image of a WPA poster promoting good dental hygiene:


I thought it was a very fun poster, and perfect for our bathroom, which is in desperate need of some art after we remodeled it a few years ago.

I did some Googling to see if I could find a print of it. I did find many sites selling glicee copies, but no originals. I figured I might as well ink-jet it myself if I’m just going to get a glicee print.

It then occurred to me that being a WPA print, there must be a government archive of these somewhere. Sure enough, The Library of Congress has these all online. As a bonus, they have a lot of them as hi-res scans. Though their definition of ‘hi-res’ isn’t going to provide you with many poster-size reproductions, they’re certainly high enough quality for some DIY 8×10 framed prints.

Some more examples include this great print:


And I think this one is my favorite. Perfect for the kids room. I have no idea what it’s promoting, but it’s fun:


And while I might not hang these in my home, there’s also an impressive number of syphilis themed prints as well:


A secondary bonus is that these all being WPA-sponsored prints, they are copyright free as our tax monies paid for them. So get the ink jet warmed up and start printing some great, free art for the home.

And do get tested for syphilis.

UPDATE: I decided I wanted a version of the Teeth poster in a bit higher resolution than they offered, so took the time to retrace it as a vector illustration (download PDF)