16 hilarious WPA posters

I’m crazy about the old WPA-style posters, and nowadays you can find reproductions online.

There are a couple I plan to buy for The Jedi’s bathroom, which I recently redid.

Like these:

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I love the retro-minimalist style of the art, plus they’re so appropriate for a bathroom.

As I was searching the web for more WPA art, I found that some of them are just hilarious — and weird. So, I rounded up a few for your enjoyment.

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Syphilis is a recurring theme. It’s also THE ENEMY!

Try to imagine your workplace launching a campaign against syphilis. You know there would be some annoying secretary who would be bugging everyone about who they slept with over the weekend. Ugh!

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But if you get it, don’t be ashamed …

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Apparently, it’s the enemy of New York prisoners, too. The New York Department of Correction made this sign. Wha?

Then it says “Consult a reputable physician.” Is this the sign for on the way out of prison? Sorry you got VD while in prison, but don’t be ashamed! Make sure you see a reputable doctor. ThanksBye!

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So, in this case, they want you to be ashamed. We can cure you, but you’ll always feel like a choad.

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Ah, now here we go back to what America is good at — slut-shaming. She may look clean but she’s a filthy skank! You can’t beat the Axis if you get VD! But just a minute ago, you said you can cure it. WHICH IS IT, AMERICA?

On to America’s sad education …

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John isn’t dull, he’s just blind. But he could be both. Ever think about that? Hmmm? I can’t see who made this sign, I guess because I’m just dull.

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Poor dull John can have a career in the Navy if those pesky books are too much for him. I don’t think I’ve every seen a poster that says “don’t read.” Good job, Navy.

And housing …

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Um … yeah. How did that work out? One kid has a gun — until planned housing! Now he just eats oranges. Or apples, or whatever.

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This one falls into the category of “Loose lips sink ships.” But I can see it in the syphilis category, too. If you have the syph, Please keep it to yourself!

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Again with the regret! Also, what the hell is going on in this picture? Are they dancing? Fighting? Are they going to regret having gay sex? If so …

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Make sure you get your free FAG BAG!

Or this …

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I don’t … I mean … WHAT ARE THEY DOING? She looks like she’s about to wear him out. Bend over honey. I’m going to show you how we mow the lawn around here!

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Don’t worry, I prefer my whiskey to be gasoline-free. (Ew!)

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I haven’t spent a lot of time in outhouses, but I I don’t remember them feeling all that sanitary. And they don’t keep out the flies.

Now, back to the war …

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So many things to love about this: The blatant racism, the guilt to make you work faster, the menacing stare. WORK HARDER, lazy American! It’s your fault we’re not winning the war.

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DON’T KISS THE BABY! I wonder how many children grew up with no kisses or hugs because of this awful campaign. I think many of them would rather have the TB than the distant scorn of their parents.

And my favorite of all …

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Babies can’t go on strike, you useless excuse for a parent! If you child looked like the one in the poster, you might want to drop that sucker off at the nearest baby drop box and bolt. I think that’s the baby from “It’s Alive.”

That’s all for today. As you can tell by the watermarks, I got these from Zazzle.com. There are also a few at Allposters.com.

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