The Works Projects Administration (WPA) was established in 1935 as a government program designed to employ millions of job-seekers for public works projects with a goal of alleviating the economic effects of the Great Depression. January—A year of good reading ahead was designed in 1941 in Chicago, Illinois. It was one of more than 30,000 poster designs created by artists working under the Federal Art Project (FAP)—a subset of the WPA—to promote community activities, proactive approaches to health, and positive social values. January—A year of good reading ahead kicked off a special series of monthly WPA posters as a part of a statewide library project encouraging reading and promoting Illinois state libraries and their role in the larger community. January is particularly eye-catching with bright hues and an optimistic sentiment. A tightly-bundled child pulls a big ol’ sled full of books toward the coziest of cottages—an idealistic image to start the year off right.
Avid readers know a library trip isn’t complete unless you leave with way more than you planned. A sled full sounds about right, and seasonally appropriate too! Bring home a big enough haul and you won’t have to leave your house ‘til the snow melts in spring. Stay in your PJs and let this picturesque print transport you—the blue sky and bright snowy hills in January—A year of good reading ahead are probably a more pastoral view than your local environs. (If not, please invite us over.) A bundled figure tows a tome-laden sled toward the coziest of cottages atop the hill. Saturated swaths of color pop out of the stylized scene, which swaps fussy details for a precisely limited color palette and graphic shapes—a vaguely post-Bahausian vibe, accompanied by sharp, enthusiastic, all-caps lettering. The overall effect is charming, idyllic, and optimistic. The beginning of the year can be overwhelming, even daunting, rife with anxieties and unknowns, but this print strikes a positive chord. January isn’t so scary with stories, books and libraries standing by ... Read more on the blog!
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