Use contempoary WPA-Style National Park Postcards to decorate your space | Bringing Design Home

STUFF: Contemporary 1930′s WPA-Style National Parks Wall Art

A few years back we traveled to several West Coast National Parks with our besties Tim and Anna. Luckily, they had been given a 1 year US National Park Pass as a wedding gift (isn’t that a GREAT idea!?) and we happily helped them make the most of it! ;) They gave us the full tour of hiking and camping in some of the most amazing places. Living in the Midwest we don’t have has many National Parks close by, but it definitely made us appreciate all the preservation and tourism that goes into each park. In Yosemite we met people from ALL over the world who had traveled to the United States just to tour our landscapes. I’m embarrassed to say that I had no idea what truly awe-inspiring places we have here in the US.

When you are road tripping with friends for a week you tend to stop at all kinds of gas stations and gift shops. Throughout the parks we kept finding these vintage-inspired postcards that highlight different National Parks around the country. We quickly learned that they were a contemporary version of an original poster series designed in the 1930′s.

“Between 1935 and 1943 the WPA’s Federal Art Project printed over two million posters in 35,000 different designs to stir the public’s imagination for education, theater, health, safety, and travel… Due to the immediate popularity of reintroducing this unique art, many National Parks have commissioned Ranger Doug to continue this series with contemporary designs “in the style”¬†the WPA. We now publish over 40 park posters and hope to complete the major National Parks before the NPS¬†Centennial in 2016.” - Ranger Doug

At the time of our vacation our budget didn’t allow for any extra purchases, but we’ve recently located a place where you can purchase the postcards and/or posters online! We are already dreaming up ways to use these in our “big boy room” for Mr. James David. What a fun way to bring adventure into any space and educate kids on these amazing places.

We like sifting through each card and seeing all the unique characteristics that each park has to offer. Wouldn’t this be a neat way to document your travels? Just hang em up on a particular wall in your house and watch the collection grow as you visit each place.

Our list of parks we’ve visited is pretty small right now; Yosemite, Lassen, Grand Tetons, and Yellow Stone, but we hope to change that soon! Each National Park is so unique and truly one-of-a-kind. We would highly recommend setting a date for a visit on your 2014 bucket list!

What has been your favorite National Park you would recommend?

Yosemite was definitely a big tourist attraction, but one of the most majestic places we’ve ever seen!

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