October 29, 2009

Good 'ol WPA

Ranger of the Lost Art Posters
I'm a big fan of vintage travel posters, but the thing that I love most about this set of posters is that my beloved Mt. Rainier is included! Everybody expects Yosemite and Yellowstone, but nobody ever remembers my favorite mountain park. The story behind these posters is pretty amazing, too:

"Between 1935 and 1943 the WPA's Federal Art Project printed over two million posters in 35,000 different designs to stir the public's imagination for education, theater, health, safety, and travel. Due to their fragile nature only two thousand posters have survived to this day; less than one tenth of one percent! These rare images were rescued and restored from black and white photos beginning in 1993 by Ranger Doug."

Oh yeah, and guess what the guy responsible for all of this calls himself? Ranger of the Lost Art.

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