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Promotional posters and photographs—views of US public lands

Muir Woods, California

In the 1930s, the US National Park Service commissioned a series of promotional posters as part of the federal Works Progress Administration. The distinctive style and design of these posters became iconic in their own right and have become collector’s items. In addition, the Park Service has a long history of using photography as a way to document and promote the beauty of the landscape contained within these public lands, from the 19th-century work of Ansel Adams to the present. This article collects some vintage color photographs for our viewing pleasure.


Vintage pictures of public lands in the US in color—in pictures

By Sarah Gilbert

The Guardian

July 3, 2017

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