When Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted the New Deal policies in 1933, he created a plethora of jobs and niches for workers to fill. The artwork that came from the Works Progress Administration Art Project survives as some of the most recognizable artwork produced in the 1930s in America. Here are some of our favorite WPA posters depicting national parks and various landmarks.
Some of the artwork commissioned for these tourism posters was specific to the Department of the Interior. These posters are often not signed and usually tout the benefit of even having national parks at all. While they also use imagery from specific places, these images do not always instruct us to go to a specific park. Instead, they seem to be letting us know how important our parks are.