WPA Poster Collection

National Parks WPA Poster Collection featuring Dorothy Waugh, Don Powell, and Wildlife series.

These are museum quality, hand-pulled screened serigraph images on fine art paper. No digital reproduction, all printed in the same method as artisans back in the 1930's. Archival inks and paper, and each poster is carefully slip sheeted and shipped rolled in a tube.


Dorothy Waugh - About The Artist:

After graduating from the Chicago Art Institute, Dorothy Waugh worked in a commercial art studio in Chicago. She relocated to New York soon after and became the manager of the children’s book department at Alfred A. Knopf. In addition to her work at Knopf, she was production supervisor for the National Park Service doing copy, layout and artwork. In the late 1930′s she was appointed special lecturer and critic to the New York School of Fine and Applied Art where she also taught typography and design.


Chester Don Powell - About The Artist:

Artist Chester Don Powell was born 1896 in Westmoreland, Kansas. He studied art and design in Chicago and where he met his wife Selma. C. Don Powell did art and design for several companies in Chicago including Meyercord Co., Lipton Tea, and Wulitzer Organ Co. After marrying Selma and honeymooning in San Francisco they liked the Bay area so much they stayed. Powell worked successfully as an artist in San Francisco but work became scarce soon after the 1929 financial crash. He was hired by the WPA first as a road flagman in the Berkeley Hills, then as an artist with the National Park Service in Emoryville, CA. In addition to the WPA Ranger Naturalist poster series he designed in the mid 1930’s assisted by one of his students Dale Miller, C. Don Powell worked as a model builder creating ship and bridge models for large construction projects.