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Signs of the times

Here are a couple of posters that the fine people over at our very own Library Of Congress saw fit to preserve for posterity (and fortunately so). From the WPA era.

dangvandals.jpg
Personally, I have a rather involved negative-reinforcement scenario all worked up for this type of hooligan, and I’ll not expand on it except to say it involves a belt sander and lemon juice.

handlewcare.jpg
I like this one because for better or for worse, it illustrates just how far graphic artists and media types have evolved over the past 80 years or so. Just look at it. A background of a traffic signal with a steering wheel whose hub is the green light with a yellow caution label with the text “Handle With Care” hanging off of the steering wheel?!!? What the heck?!! I guess this was created before they invented subtlety and cohesion.

dontjaywalk.jpg
I’m not quite sure if the policeman in the background is calling the car ’safe’ (the jaywalker almost tagged him out) or if he’s just tossing his hands up in despair at the thought of having to scrape this poor bastahd off the sidewalk and the ensuing paperwork.

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