Category Archives: Works Progress Administration

The 1939 Community Quilt

This quilt recently made a grand reappearance, and is now safely packed ready for transport back to Texas…albeit, not Elbert where it originated. In 1939, a group of women from the Elbert, Texas community pieced this quilt and signed their … Continue reading

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Today’s post is not for the squeamish: The CWA and WPA Sanitary Privy Projects

A few days ago, I completed a submission for the Living New Deal project about the state-wide sanitary privies built in Mississippi. Looking at the photographs taken by New Deal Administration photographers, I realized Grandma and Grandpa had one. The … Continue reading

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The Black Legion: Exposed

Yesterday, I posted the first part of the series on the Black Legion, the organization labeled in 1935 as a terrorist organization by the US government. Yes, you read that correctly: The anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, anti-Negro, anti-labor organizer offshoot of the … Continue reading

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The Natchez Trace

Edith Wyatt Moore, Natchez historian and officer of the Natchez Trace Association, was recognized for her civic service January 2, 1935 in promoting the Natchez Trace.  Mrs. Moore presented at a congressional committee hearing regarding the development of the Natchez … Continue reading

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Limestone Guard Wall, Kimberlin Mountain: Another WPA Find

Growing up in Young County, Texas, this road was one of my dad’s favorites for a Sunday afternoon drive around Lake Possum Kingdom, or PK as we knew it.  On my recent trip to Texas, I discovered this guard wall … Continue reading

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WPA Rock Wall in Palo Pinto, Tx

While stopping off in Palo Pinto to photograph their New Deal courthouse (post on that later), I drove around the town a bit and spotted this rock fence with a WPA plaque on it.  The fence was constructed 1935-1937, but … Continue reading

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Grandjean Bridge: New Orleans City Park

The Grandjean Bridge, named for George Grandjean, park commissioner and designer of the original lagoons, is one of nine bridges built by the WPA in New Orleans City Park.  Constructed in 1938, the bridge is located behind the New Orleans Museum … Continue reading

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McFadden Cabin: New Orleans City Park

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) is seen in many of the artistic and functional structures of New Orleans’ City Park.  The McFadden Girl Scout Cabin was donated to the park by William McFadden and constructed in the early 1920s, specifically … Continue reading

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Fountain of the Four Winds

Enrique Alférez created the Fountain of the Four Winds sculpture and fountain in 1936-1937 for the Shushan Airport–later New Orleans Airport and currently, Lakefront Airport. Alférez served as director of the sculpture program for New Orleans WPA artists (Works Progress … Continue reading

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New Orleans’ 1934 Shushan Airport

With the completion of the Shushan Airport, New Orleans takes its place among the great air transportation centers of the world. (Description of the buildings at Shushan Airport, Board of Levee Commissioners of the Orleans Levee District, 1934) Architects Weiss, Dreyfous, … Continue reading

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