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Posters for the People Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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Ennis Carter has edited a lovely book of almost five hundred posters, divided into twelve sections. Though there were thousands produced the selection here will give you a good idea about the style and themes. Having looked through the book several times I feel there a couple creative styles shown in the posters: the solid color modernist ones with their angled headlines in geometric type promoting industry and the more whimsical folksy ones for art shows and plays. All of them reflect what is possible with the cheap silkscreen process so there is an absence of photos or anything that required a graduated tone. Fortunately the technique more or less makes artists and designers go for something simple and direct using two or three colors.
Most of the posters use silkscreen though I was surprised to see some that were captioned as `Hand painted on board', surely there weren't many produced like this. The cultural event ones had to present a lot of type detail for name of the event, players, location and ticket prices whereas the ones that could be called propaganda presented a straightforward message: Careless talk costs lives!
The book's production is first class with good paper and printed with a 175 screen and nicely all the posters have a drop shadow which lifts them off the page.Read more ›
I have access to Posters of the WPA by Christopher Denoon at the Denver Public Library. I will probably buy this book in the near future since it also is a well made and comprehensive book. However, I believe the Posters for the People surpasses it because of its larger format and its inclusion of many more posters.
These posters were propaganda for the New Deal FDR was spearheading. But the patriotism expressed by the posters is in not the "Uncle Sam Wants You!" style. Instead, their appeal is domestic, industrial, often rural, cultural (mostly Anglo). frequently moralistic and low key. Their core message is this: By working together in a time of national crisis (c.1929 -1939), we can improve our common good.
Maybe we should try this in 2009.
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Typical of chauvinist Americans. They are fond of their own posters about workers and socialist initiatives in the US but do not respect the important art work outside their... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Otto Hampel
I have been a fan of this subject for years . I enjoy the layout and how the chapters highlight the subjects.Published on January 23, 2013 by thomas cooper
This is a book I checked out from the library and continued to check out because the WPA art is great. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by J. WILLIAMS