Today we are releasing 1,100 high resolution vintage posters (almost 10 Gigabytes) from the Federal Art Project (FAP) and Works Progress Administration (WPA). Even though all of the posters were not published before 1923 (which is a good indicator of a public domain image), they were designed and/or published by a Works Progress Administration employee, as part of that employee’s official duties. This means that they are works of the U.S. federal government, which means that all of these posters are public domain images. All 1,100 of them are license free and copyright free, so you can do whatever the heck you want to with them! *Invisible high five!*
To get an idea of the quality and size of these public domain images, we want to give you one of our favorites right now, for free! This image is 3373 x 5000 pixels and has a resolution of 200 ppi and is 9.8MB in size. This is the size and quality of all of the images in this collection. To get your free download of this high resolution public domain image just click on the vintage poster below.
I am particularly excited about this public domain image collection of vintage posters because I have been trying to find them for A LONG time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s easy to find WPA posters, they’re everywhere if you search Google or if you look on Pinterest. It’s easy to find these vintage posters but they are always low resolution! The reason I’m so excited right now, is because I finally found the original scans, which means I found the high resolution versions of these WPA/FAP posters! Which means I can bring you downloads of these images that you have never been able to get your hands on before! Very exciting!
One of the first galleries that I ever released on viintage.com was a gallery of free vintage travel posters but not all of the images were high resolution, plus I only had about 160 of them. Today is super exciting because finally I’m able to release a gallery of vintage WPA Posters that are all high resolution AND THERE ARE 1,100 OF THEM! Be excited, be-be-excited! Viintage.com is the only place on the internet where you’ll find all of these vintage posters available for download and in high resolution.
What is the WPA and FPA and Why Did They Make These Posters?
Put your learning caps on, here’s an educational tidbit. The Federal Art Project (FAP) was the visual arts arm of the Great Depression-era New Deal Works Progress Administration program in the United States. It operated from August 29, 1935, until June 30, 1943. Allegedly creating more than 200,000 separate works, FAP artists created posters, murals and paintings. Some works still stand among the most-significant pieces of public art in the country. Abstraction had not yet gained favor in the 1930s and 1940s and, thus, was virtually unsalable. As a result, the program supported many iconic artists before their work could earn them income. The FAP’s primary goals were to employ out-of-work artists and to provide art for non-federal government buildings: schools, hospitals, libraries, etc. The work was divided into art production, art instruction and art research. The primary output of the art-research group was the Index of American Design, a mammoth and comprehensive study of American material culture. The FAP was one of a short-lived series of Depression-era visual-arts programs, which included the Section of Painting and Sculpture and the Public Works of Art Project (both of which, unlike the WPA-operated FAP, were operated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury).
Read more at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Art_Project
Sample Images from the Vintage Poster Collection
What are you going to do with these amazing images? Start a poster company? Well, you could and I’d bet that you’d make a good living printing and selling these vintage posters alone. But there’s a lot more incredible public domain images on our site and we’re gonna keep bringing you more. I’d love to know how you plan to use these images. So, unleash your creativity and post a comment in the reviews section letting me know what you might do with these vintage posters.