Applied Design: Blockprinted Textiles (Volume V; Motifs): Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project Applied Design: Blockprinted Textiles (Volume V; Motifs): Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project Applied Design: Blockprinted Textiles (Volume V; Motifs): Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project Applied Design: Blockprinted Textiles (Volume V; Motifs): Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project

Applied Design: Blockprinted Textiles (Volume V; Motifs)

Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project

Published by Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project [193?], Milwaukee
Condition: g to vg Hardcover
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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 hundreds from the welfare rolls and to provide many workers with the training and skills they needed to qualify for jobs in the private sector. It was Milwaukee's response to the Great Depression which hit America in 1929. At some stage over 1300 unskilled poor women produced work for the program making useful artistic items such as draperies, dolls, toys, furniture, prints, books, costumes and rugs. The project improved the quality of life of children and adults in Milwaukee by producing materials of exceptional design, outstanding quality and lasting educational value. Unfortunately the program was discontinued in 1943 mainly as a result of the economic recovery that took place in the United States. Bookseller Inventory # 20270

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Title: Applied Design: Blockprinted Textiles (...

Publisher: Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project [193?], Milwaukee

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g to vg

Edition: First edition.

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Since 1985 we offer individual books for sale from our inventory of 150,000 rare, out-of-print and antiquarian volumes on many topics, with an emphasis on Judaica, Hebraica, Bibles and rabbinics, the fine and decorative arts, architecture, photography, textile and wallpaper sample books, Bauhaus and the avant garde, expressionist dance, Olympic Games and sport, the ancient near-east and archeology, erotica, illustrated and foreign-language books, especially German, Yiddish, Polish and Hebrew, as well as books from the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, plus Russian constructivist materials. We create book collections, both large and small, for individuals, decorators, archives and libraries¿currently available: a 10,000-volume research collection on Judaica in the German language. In addition, we maintain a beguiling selection of original works of art and photography. Eric Chaim Kline provides appraisal services for estate, insurance and tax purposes, often helping to match book donors with libraries and museums. We purchase books of merit and entire collections; we also take books on consignment with favorable terms. We are a rental source for movie and tv production, occasionally providing the prop on which the plot turns. Traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, Eric Chaim Kline has been buying and selling old and rare books since the 1980¿s, when in graduate school at Brandeis University. Proprietor of bookshops in several Los Angeles locations since 1985, he hosts visitors by appointment in our lively bookstore and ships books to collectors, libraries and museums worldwide. Kline occasionally lectures on topics in book collecting and Jewish studies. He sponsors the annual Bibliography Award granted by the Association of Jewish Libraries and serves on the national board of the Antiquarian Booksellers¿ Association of America. We welcome your inquiries.

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