WPA Posters on Breastfeeding, Baby Strikes and More

The Works Progress Administration was established as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ for America during the Great Depression. The WPA produced posters from 1936 to 1943 as one of many public works projects (employing starving artists while informing the general public about issues of concern).

The following images are from the Library of Congress American Memory collection. Click thumbnails for an enlarged pop-up version.

Drawing of a mother breastfeeding her baby. Click to enlarge image in pop-up window. Description of this image is in the body text of this page.

1) Nurse the baby: Your protection against trouble: Inform yourself through the Health Bureau publications and consult your doctor.



Drawing of an angry baby walking, holding a picket sign which reads Unfair to Babies. Click to enlarge image in pop-up window. Description of this image is in the body text of this page.

2) Unfair to babies: A helpless infant can’t go on strike: It depends on your care.



Drawing of a boy sitting and looking in a book with a teacher standing over him. Click to enlarge image in pop-up window. Description of this image is in the body text of this page.

3) John is not really dull — he may only need his eyes examined.

[Notice how the words get smaller and smaller as if you're reading an eye exam chart.]

Drawing of a flying stork dropping cards from its beak. Click to enlarge image in pop-up window. Description of this image is in the body text of this page.

4) Expecting? Get the right advice from the right sources, your doctor or health bureau.



Drawing of a girl sitting and reading a book, watching a spider slide down beside her. Click to enlarge image in pop-up window. Description of this image is in the body text of this page.

5) Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet reading a picture book; there came a spider, and sat down beside her, and said, "May I have a look?"



Drawing of several mothers pushing baby carriages toward the viewer. Click to enlarge image in pop-up window. Description of this image is in the body text of this page.

6) Doll & buggy parade #1

[I've never attended one, but apparently some towns, such as Great Falls, Montana, still hold doll and pet parades (sometimes including tricycles and bikes).]


Drawing of a girl looking at a doll insider a baby carriage. Click to enlarge image in pop-up window. Description of this image is in the body text of this page.

7) Doll and buggy parade #2.



Drawing of a mother standing while holding two children close to her at her waist. Click to enlarge image in pop-up window. Description of this image is in the body text of this page.

8) A lifelong job — the constant protection of their health (your children’s health).

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2 Responses to “WPA Posters on Breastfeeding, Baby Strikes and More”

  1. kelly jeanie says:

    These are great. Thanks!

    May 22nd, 2006 at 5:14 pm

  2. Jennifer DeJong says:

    Wow! Thanks for the great posters. I’ll bring the breastfeeding one to my class tonight.

    April 26th, 2007 at 1:04 pm

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