Ranger of the Lost Art: WPA National Park Posters

Ranger of the Lost Art: WPA National Park Posters

Susie Nadler
Apr 23, 2009
After Lily's post last week about the WPA's wonderful old posters, reader Diana wrote to let us know about Doug Leen, a Seattle-based artist who dug up a rare collection of National Parks posters from the same WPA Federal Art Project. The original posters were produced between 1938 and 1941, and for many years these and the other WPA posters disappeared into private collections or were destroyed. But Ranger Doug, as he calls himself, has been able to locate images of all fourteen National Park posters, and now he makes and sells beautiful silkscreen reproductions...

In muted colors and blocky art deco style, the posters depict some of our country's most memorable and familiar landmarks. Lovers of typography will appreciate the titles and captions too.

We've had Ranger Doug's Glacier National Park poster ever since we paid that stunning place a visit eight years ago, when we were living in Montana. Not sure if we'll ever get back to Glacier, or at least not while there are actually still glaciers there, but the poster has a wonderful nostalgic feel that reminds us of our time in the Rockies.

Visit Ranger Doug's site to see all available posters and to purchase. (They're available in postcard sizes as well.) Also be sure to check out Doug's own contemporary designs, commissioned by the U.S. Travel Bureau and in the style of the WPA posters.

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