Dickens, Dumas, Austen, Tolstoy, Eliot, Clemens, Hawthorne, Thackeray, Scott.
In 1935, in an effort to elevate the nation from the grip of The Great Depression, President Roosevelt launched the Works Progress Administration — a New Deal agency enlisting millions of ordinary citizens and unskilled workers in carrying out public space and service projects as diverse as art murals, road work, and building construction. With a government investment of nearly $7 billion, the WPA provided some 8 million jobs and soon became the largest employer in the country, in the process producing a wealth of public service announcement posters — a treasure trove of mid-century design.
Among the WPA’s design output were a number of gorgeous vintage posters for various literacy projects:
So, in March, what are you reading? A good place to start:
- Book Pickings, a visual bookshelf to explore the Brain Pickings book archive
- A “Full Spectrum” reading list — 7 great books by this year’s TED speakers
- 7 fascinating books on time, spanning everything from quantum physics to philosophy to art
- 9 books on reading and writing — timeless texts bound to radically improve your relationship with the written word, from whichever side of the equation you approach it
- The best psychology and philosophy books of 2011
- From philosophy to art to science history, 10 essential books on protest
- 5 books on the psychology of choice — a fascinating lens on better understanding how we make decisions
- 5 timeless books of insight on fear in the creative process
- 7 must-read books on education — the most compelling and visionary reading on reinventing education from the past century
- 7 essential books on the art and science of happiness, from psychology and neuroscience to sociology and cultural anthropology to behavioral economics