National Letter Writing Week

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Artist Statement

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. National Letter Writing Week was created in 1936 as 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, positive social values, and government services and programs.

Why We Love It

Bold, blocky, and rocking that red, white & blue, National Letter Writing Week shows a mail carrier suited up with a letter in hand. That sans-serif geometric typeface jumps out, announcing the week and, at the bottom, affirming “that letter will be appreciated.” The artwork was originally produced in Chicago on behalf of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)—part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal program to get Americans back to work during the Great Depression, and one of the first U.S. government programs to support the arts. Over 5000 artists were employed to carry out assorted art projects, including designing some 2000 posters depicting various initiatives sponsored by the government. National Letter Writing Week is our newest limited-edition from the WPA’s poster archives (carefully retouched and remastered by our team, naturally!), but our WPA collection also includes images vouching for victory gardens, good hygiene, the National Park Service, library literature, and outdoor recreation, among other activities and ideas for the collective good ... Read more on the blog! 

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Museo Portfolio Rag

Edition Structure:
10"x8" | edition of 10
14"x11" | edition of 150
20"x16" | edition of 25

Vintage Editions

For our Vintage Editions series, our curators scour historical archives for both timeless classics and heretofore unseen gems. These images come back to life as exhibition-quality prints now available to everyone. As a bonus, purchasing equals patronage: sales from Vintage Edition prints go towards supporting our growing roster of artists.
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