We love the design and artistry of WPA-era posters—many of which celebrate American history and its natural wonders. These posters were designed and drafted by professional artists and illustrators, who found work through the WPA during the Great Depression. At first the WPA posters were hand-drawn and colored; later, silk-screening the poster artwork to speed production. But even during the highest production years the posters were a hand-made process. (Read more about the history, below.)
Our new limited edition print honors the USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, and is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. She is most noted for her actions in the War of 1812 in which she defeated five British warships.
Today you can see USS Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, MA. It is the only stop on Boston's Freedom Trail that is not from the Revolutionary War.
Commissioned by The Pursuit of History and created by artist, Larry Stuart. His design was inspired by the iconic posters of the national parks created by the Federal Art Project of Works Progress Administration in the 1930s that have now become collector's items.
This is the third in our series of original fine art prints honoring America’s great historic sites. View all at ThePursuitOfHistory.org/prints
Size: 11" x 14"
About the paper weight and printing process: Printed on a 10 pt. Cardstock matte using standard inks.
This design is also in a limited edition fine art print, cards, sticker, and a magnet.
About the Artist
Larry Stuart is an illustrator and lettering-artist who incorporates a sense of history and the well worn into his work. He loves the patina of rural America and enjoys wandering back roads looking for inspiration. He's been to more Civil War sites than you’d think is possible. You can see more of his work at larrystuartstudio.com
Learn more about the National Park Posters whose style inspired this original art
very good rendering of wpa posters