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Posters with Science Connections

Album Description

The posters from the WPA collection were designed to publicize exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, as well as health and education programs in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. 

The posters could be used to focus on one concept or a broad range of topics. Students could explore recycling, safety, health and national parks through the WPA collection. 

https://www.loc.gov/collections/works-progress-administration-posters/about-this-collection/

  Pre K - 2   3 - 5   6 - 8   9 - 12   Art/Music   English/Language Arts   Social Studies/History   STEM 

Save scrap for victory! Save metals, save paper, save rubber, save rags.

Teaching Notes

#EarthDay #Recycle #ScrapDrives 

https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2020/04/earth-day-at-fifty-april-22/ 

Reference note

Summary: Poster for the Philadelphia Salvage Committee encouraging scrap drives to aid the war effort.
Contributor Names: Federal Art Project, sponsor
Created / Published: [Pennsylvania] : Penna Art WPA, [between 1941 and 1943]
Subject Headings: -  World War, 1939-1945--Economic & industrial aspects
-  Scrap drives--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--1940-1950
-  Salvage--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--1940-1950
Notes: -  Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
-  Approved and released by the Philadelphia Council of Defense.
-  Philadelphia Salvage Committee.
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3f05676 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05676

Ride together - work together - save rubber for victory / Ballinger.

Reference note

Summary: Poster promoting commuting and working together as part of the war effort.
Contributor Names: Ballinger, Harry Russell, 1892-1993, artist
Federal Art Project, sponsor
Created / Published: Philadelphia, Pa. : War Services Project, [between 1941 and 1943]
Subject Headings: -  World War, 1939-1945--Economic & industrial aspects
-  Rubber--1940-1950
-  Commuters--1940-1950
Notes: -  Philadelphia Metropolitan War Transportation Committee - Mayor Bernard Samuel - Robert A. Mitchell, Administrator.
-  Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3b48820 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b48820

Don't waste water

Reference note

Summary: Poster promoting conservation of water for the war effort.
Contributor Names: Willcox, Raymond, 1883-, artist
Federal Art Project, sponsor
Created / Published: [Pennsylvania : WPA War Services Project, between 1941 and 1943]
Subject Headings: -  World War, 1939-1945--Economic & industrial aspects--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
-  Water supply--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--1940-1950
-  Conservation of natural resources--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--1940-1950
Notes: -  Date stamped on recto: Jan 21 '43.
-  Sponsored by Philadelphia Council of Defense and the City of Philadelphia Water Bureau.
-  Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
-  Hand-written on recto in pencil: Artist: Raymond Willcox.
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3f05605 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05605

Keeping up with science / Shari.

Reference note

Summary: Poster promoting the study of science, showing a microscope, open book, and an eye.
Contributor Names: Weisberg, Shari, artist
Created / Published: Ill. : Federal Art Project, WPA, [between 1936 and 1939]
Subject Headings: -  Science--1930-1940
-  Microscopes--1930-1940
-  Education--1930-1940
Notes: -  Date stamped on verso: Sep 7 1939.
-  Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
-  Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angeles : Wheatly Press, c1987, no. 176
-  More information about the WPA Posters is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.wpapos
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3b48702 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b48702

Protect your parks

Reference note

Summary: Poster promoting conservation of parks, showing a tree.
Contributor Names: Clough, Stanley Thomas, 1905-, artist
Created / Published: Ohio : Federal Art Project, 1938.
Subject Headings: -  Trees--Ohio--1930-1940
-  State parks & reserves--Ohio--1930-1940
-  Conservation of natural resources--Ohio--1930-1940
Notes: -  Date stamped on verso: Jul 20 1938.
-  Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3f05415 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3f05415

Please keep the park clean

Reference note

Summary: Poster encouraging visitors to parks to clean up after themselves, showing a man sleeping against a tree next to his picnic lunch.
Contributor Names: Katz, Morris, artist
Created / Published: Ohio : Federal Art Project, 1937.
Subject Headings: -  Parks--Ohio--1930-1940
-  Conservation of natural resources--Ohio--1930-1940
Notes: -  Date stamped on verso: Aug 19 1937.
-  Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
-  Poster design attributed to Samuel Brown and Morris Katz.
-  Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angeles : Wheatly Press, c1987, no. 147
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3b48990 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b48990

Visit the zoo - Philadelphia

Reference note

Summary: Poster promoting the zoo as a place to visit, showing a hippopotamus.
Created / Published: Pennsylvania : Federal Art Project, W.P.A., [between 1936 and 1941]
Subject Headings: -  Hippopotamuses--1930-1950
-  Zoos--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--1930-1950
Notes: -  Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3b51495 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b51495
cph 3k00001 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3k00001

Visit the aquarium in Fairmount Park

Reference note

Summary: Poster promoting the aquarium in Fairmount Park as a place to visit, showing fish.
Contributor Names: Muchley, Robert, artist
Created / Published: Pennsylvania : WPA Federal Art Project, [1936 or 1937]
Subject Headings: -  Fish--Pennsylvania--1930-1940
-  Aquariums--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--1930-1940
-  Fairmount Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)--1930-1940
Notes: -  Date stamped on verso: Aug 4 1937.
-  Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
-  Promotional goal: U.S. K5. 1937.
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3b49065 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b49065
cph 3g03397 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g03397

Safety comes first

Reference note

Summary: Poster promoting safety in the workplace, showing a wheel with spokes and a locomotive.
Contributor Names: Nase, Allan, artist
Created / Published: Pennsylvania : WPA Federal Art Project, [1936 or 1937]
Subject Headings: -  Safety--1930-1940
Notes: -  Date stamped on verso: Mar 27 1937.
-  Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
-  Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angeles : Wheatly Press, c1987, no. 235
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3b49039 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b49039

Handle with care

Teaching Notes

Garret A. Morgan

Innovation/ Inventor 

Reference note

Summary: Poster promoting safe driving showing a traffic signal and a steering wheel.
Contributor Names: Federal Art Project, sponsor
Created / Published: [Missouri] : Missouri W.P.A. Art Project, 1943.
Subject Headings: -  Traffic signs & signals--Missouri--1940-1950
-  Steering wheels--1940-1950
Notes: -  Jan. 21 '43.
-  Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
-  More information about the WPA Posters is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.wpapos
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3g08142 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g08142

Keep your teeth clean

Reference note

Summary: Poster promoting good oral hygiene, showing stylized face, toothbrush and toothpaste.
Created / Published: [Rochester, NY] : Federal Art Project, [between 1936 and 1938]
Subject Headings: -  Dental hygiene--1930-1940
Notes: -  Title from item.
-  Date stamped on verso: Sep 2 19[38].
-  Posters of the WPA / Christopher DeNoon. Los Angeles : Wheatly Press, c1987, no. 215
-  More information about the WPA Posters is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.wpapos
-  Forms part of: Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
-  Exhibited: "Works Progress Administration (WPA)" at the Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 2015 - Jan. 2016.
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id: ppmsca 38343 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.38343
cph 3b48916 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b48916
cph 3b07723 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b07723
cph 3b40419 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b40419
cph 3g02715 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g02715