StampNews.com hurries to let our readers know that the U.S. Postal Service has introduced ten bright stamps celebrating posters of the Work Projects Administration. These striking and utilitarian artworks were created by Depression-era artists employed by the Poster Division of the WPA Federal Art Project.
Each stamp features a different poster in the vibrant art deco style of the day. Images reproduced on these items are from the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, WPA Poster Collection.
The booklet features 20 stamps of 10 different designs originally created to support the civic-minded ideals of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Program. Each stamp features a striking example of the posters conceived and printed in workshops across the nation under the WPA. Formed in 1935 as the Works Progress Administration, renamed the Work Projects Administration in 1939, the WPA lasted until 1943. By then, the function of its Federal Art Program Poster Division had been fully absorbed into the World War II effort.
During the Depression, WPA artists designed and printed some two million posters from approximately 35,000 designs. Most of their work was printed by silkscreen, an economical medium that saw significant innovation at the hands of Poster Division artists. The posters featured on these stamps are from the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, which houses the largest collection of WPA posters.
Antonio Alcal served as the art director of the project and designed the stamps with Maribel O. Gray.
The WPA Posters stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.