Nurse the Baby

Title

Nurse the Baby

Description

This poster promotes proper child care and breastfeeding technique, encouraging women to talk to their doctor and educate themselves through Health Bureau publications. Posters such as these, created through the Federal Arts Project under the Works Progress Administration, not only helped raise awareness of current issues (e.g., healthcare), but also provided employment for thousands of artists across the United States.

Established in 1935, as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal programs, the Works Progress Administration was created as a relief measure. Through a variety of programs, such as construction and reforestation, it offered work to the unemployed. By the time the project was terminated in 1943, it had provided work for more than 8,500,000 people on 1,410,000 projects. Over 650,000 miles of roads were built, and thousands of bridges, parks, and public buildings were repaired.

The Federal Arts Project was a special program under the WPA, which allowed thousands of otherwise unemployed artists to decorate businesses with their work. They created more than 2,500 murals and 17,500 pieces of sculpture all over the United States. Over 2,000 posters were also created, which addressed issues such as education and public health, reflecting the state of the nation during World War II. This program paved the way for both the National Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Creator

Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project (Artist: Erik Hans Krause)

Date

1938

Source

https://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/cph/3f00000/3f05000/3f05300/3f05325r.jpg

Relation

The Works Projects Administration in Indiana. (n.d.) Indiana University : Lily Library's History Collections. Retrieved Oct 5, 2012 from http://bit.ly/9dc7HB

Rights

Sources: The Works Progress Administration. (n.d.) Public Broadcasting Service:American Experience. Retrieved Oct 5, 2012 from http://to.pbs.org/NE38wq

Link: Library of Congress

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Erik Hans Krause

Format

Medium: Poster

Language

English

Type

Posters

Identifier

Child Care, Women, WPA, Federal Arts Project, Posters, FDR

Coverage

United States

Files

https://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/cph/3f00000/3f05000/3f05300/3f05325r.jpg

Reference

Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project (Artist: Erik Hans Krause), Nurse the Baby, Library of Congress, 1938

Cite As

Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project (Artist: Erik Hans Krause), “Nurse the Baby,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed June 28, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/253.