Anonymous, The Foolishest Book..., c. 1938

This poster features a ship, a book, and a quote by poet and essayist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. - "The foolishest boat is a kind of leaky wisdom; some of the wisdom will get in anyhow." Made by Illinois WPA Art Project, Chicago.


The Works Progress Administration, later renamed the Work Projects Administration, was created under President Roosevelt’s New Deal. This national program created jobs for millions of unemployed men and women to carry out public projects including building construction, arts, media and literacy projects, food and clothing distribution, and housing. Beautifully designed posters were used to create public awareness of the WPA-funded programs, activities, and performances.

Silkscreen, Unbacked, 14 x 22 inches
Original vintage posters are rare and availability is subject to prior sale.