Friday 28 August 2009

AQ-V - Vintage Americana

Love these fine art reproduction mini prints of original WPA artwork by AquaVelvet. The Work Projects Association commissioned various artists to create silkscreen, woodcut and lithograph posters during the 1930-40s as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal. Combining simplified graphic illustrations with bold, hand-lettered typography, they were both eye-catching and effective in promoting health and safety programs, travel and tourism, educational and cultural programs and community activities. Amy's repros are printed on archival bamboo fine art paper and have an ample white border for framing. Fabulous!

You can find out more about Amy Henderson /AquaVelvet here and by following her lovely visual language blog, focused on graphic design, illustration and typography. Amy is giving away this beautiful Montana print on her blog, but hurry, entries close at the end of August. Enjoy!


  1. These are just amazing, Deb - love them! You're posting up a storm! I can hardly keep up ;) Thanks for these great finds. K

  2. Oh wow, Deb... what a lovely surprise, you're a gem! :) Thank you so very much for helping me spread the word and writing such kind things.

    And what a fantastic blog you have here, look forward to keeping up with you and your new shop opening! Now off to explore further...

  3. Hi Deb

    It's strange though, because I think these prints are reminiscent of Russian Propaganda Art from the same period - a time when Communism was the Devil's work!

    (hope you like your pencil case)


  4. j'aime beaucoup "once upon a time"

  5. Funny. I bought "Once upon a time" years ago on ebay but was so disappointed. The print was too large and quality poor. It has remained in drawers ever since. From Amy's remarks, I can figure out that the smaller size she offers will look better ;-)

  6. These are great. I love typography and graphic illustration. Avant-Garde poster style is always interesting to me, the subjects always highlight everyday life that everyone can relate to.


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