WPA Poster Blog Post

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The WPA, or Works Progress Administration, was established during the Great Depression, when President Franklin Roosevelt recognized the dire national need for jobs. WPA produced many posters to help promote job possibilities to the American public, which was very significant especially during a time when internet did not exist, and posters like these were one of the most efficient ways of spreading important new information. This specific poster, which says “Save our Wildlife”, highlights the aspect of the New Deal that began to address natural preservation and conservation. Additionally, the bottom of the poster mentions the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior, which were established because of integral acts and associations created and supported by FDR. There are many things that we take for granted today in our society, such as having organized trash pick ups and paved roads, that were not as easily assumed to exist during the time of the Great Depression. The ideas of national parks, and natural and wildlife preservation were very new concepts for people to grasp during this time, but it greatly helped society by providing people with jobs as well as conserving our natural world. In examining this poster more closely, we see that the words are small and at the bottom, while most of the poster is focused on a flying bird and a sunset, which really forces us to concentrate on the nature and wildlife. The importance of wildlife is further emphasized simply in the arrangement of the words “Save our Wildlife”. This poster, as well as many others, offers a strong insight into this time period and more specifically the effects of the New Deal on society, in many ways.

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