2017 FAP Poster Calendar – Order Here
NNDPA board member and CCC historian, Kathleen Duxbury, has created a beautiful FAP poster calendar for 2017. Proceeds from the sale of this calendar will benefit the NNDPA!
The original FAP calendar from 1939 matches the same dates for 2017, a 78 year span – what a spectacular find this was for Kathleen!
The calendar is available for purchase exclusively from Lulu.com by clicking on the following link – NNDPA 2017 FAP Calendar – the calendar is $19.39 plus shipping.
If you have any information about the Federal Art Project or the artists who produced these beautiful posters Kathleen would love to hear from you firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 6, 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt established and enthusiastically supported the Works Progress Administration (WPA) (in September 1939 the name was changed to Work Projects Administration). Within two months, Federal Project Number One (Federal One) was established and provided funding for the Federal Art Project (FAP) naming Holger Cahill as Director.
The FAP was designed to put thousands of American artists, musicians, actors, and writers back to work. Among the departments within the FAP was the very successful poster division. Offices from this section remained viable and relevant well into the 1940’s producing poster art for the World War II effort. 1
By 1938, there were FAP poster divisions in at least eighteen states. New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia had thriving poster divisions, with New York City’s being the largest division. The New York poster division was headed by Richard Floethe, a German-born internationally known industrial designer who was educated in the fundamentals of the aesthetic movement known as the Bauhaus. The freedom given to project artists under the enlightened leadership of Floethe enabled them to experiment with bold colors and many different styles… At first, posters were created by hand, individually painted and lettered. Later on, the divisions’ artists usually used the silkscreen process, which was adapted and refined for the mass production of posters by project artist Anthony Velonis in 1936. . . Not only did the poster divisions succeed, but government support of the arts through the Federal Art Project gave new impetus to American artistic expression. The different approaches to poster design of the many artists associated with the WPA combined to create a truly original, American poster style. 2
Images for this 2017 FAP poster calendar were scanned from the original 78 year old vintage poster prints as found in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland; Record Group 69, (RG69-E1030-bx63-folder FAP 1939)
Two images were obtained from the Library of Congress (LOC) Digital WPA Poster Collections, efforts to properly white balance the LOC digital files were made.
Reproduction Number: LC-USZC4-7675 and LC-USZC4-7683).
Disclaimer: Because of a natural aging of paper, resulting in possible color shifts and fading, in addition to the likely degrading of ink it is not possible to fully replicate the true colors as intended in the 1938 calendar posters printing.
1 -Olson, James S., Historical Dictionary of the New Deal, From Inauguration to Preparation for War, Edited by James S. Olson, Greenwood Press, Westwood, Conn. 1985
2 – www.loc.gov/collections/works-progress-administration-posters