12 Beautiful Vintage National Parks Posters

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12 Beautiful Vintage National Parks Posters
Now and again, the federal government gets a great idea and acts on it. Here are two: the founding of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1916 and the Federal Art Project, which put artists to work during the Great Depression. It was part of the extensive Works Progress Administration (WPA) effort to employ out-of-work Americans. Among the subjects of WPA posters: promoting travel, especially to national parks.

The result: This year the NPS celebrates its 100th anniversary. In addition to these unique areas protected for all travelers to enjoy, nearly half of some 2,000 WPA posters created between 1936 and 1943 have been preserved in the archives of the Library of Congress. (Trivia question: Which state has the most national parks? For answer, see last slide.)