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Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project
Applied Design: Blockprinted Textiles (Volume V, Motifs)
Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project [193?], Milwaukee, 1930. Elephant folio (19 x 25"). 10 loose framed plates, as issued. Original olive cloth portfolio with title label on front cover. String ties. This extremely rare portfolio was made by the Milwaukee Handicraft Project, one of the most successful and innovative Works Progress Administration (WPA*) projects in the US, which employed thousands of people, teaching them to make a variety of handmade wooden and cloth articles. This fifth volume (of a series of six) is devoted to motifs, and contains 10 splendid motifs in vibrant colors on linen. Each piece is taped on heavy cardstock (as issued) with paper frame overlays, and has a typed title label taped at lower margin of mount: Mother Goose A, B & C (3); Tyrolean; Circus Montage A, B & C (3); Country Schoolhouse; Madeira; and Dykstra Plaid. Verso of cardstock with stamp "WPA Handicraft Project # 7040, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sponsored by Milwaukee County and Milwaukee State Teachers College." Ex-library copy with thin paper strip with typewritten title and library inventory number attached with non-abrasive tape along front joint. Some age wear, with moderate discoloration and age-toning to cloth. Ex libris and library barcode as well as publishers bookplate on inside of front cover. Abrasion on bookplate. Slight age toning to outer edges of cardstock. Portfolio in overall good- to good, interior in good+ to very good, plates in very good condition. * The WPA (Works Progress Administration) was a government sponsored project developed in the early 1930's to help remove hundre … [Click Below for Full Description]
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