WPA posters on how to use a print book

How to use a print book – WPA posters from the collection of the Library of Congress / Images: LOC

Take a look at these lesser-known WPA posters from the Library of Congress collection. They are focused on teaching kids how to use – and how not to use – a print book.

The collection of WPA posters curated by the Library of Congress includes over 900 items out of about 2,000 ever produced. When it comes to copyrights and usage, all posters come with an annotation that there are no known restrictions on publication.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a federal agency operating between 1935 and 1943. It was responsible for creating millions of jobs during the Great Depression.

The agency provided money for education, health care, and other social services, and was a major factor in helping reduce unemployment in the United States.

If you are interested in exploring vintage posters about books and reading, make sure to see this updated overview.

WPA posters – how to use a book


This breaks the back of a book! ⇢ Source.


A book mark would be better! ⇢ Source.


Rain is bad for a book! ⇢ Source.


Don’t gum up a book. ⇢ Source.

One Reply to “WPA posters on how to use a print book”

  1. Just a reminder that the next time you spot a WPA poster on the web, make sure to link to the LOC collection, not pictures shared on social media.
    It’s especially ridiculous on Flickr, where users share WPA posters with “all rights reserved” and in a low-resolution.


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