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Federal Art Project 

Federal Art Project 

The Work Projects Administration (WPA) was created in 1935 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, to provide work relief for the unemployed. Under the auspices of the WPA, the Federal Art Project (FAP) was created specifically to aid visual artists by paying wages for their creative endeavors. In 1943, the Museum of the City of New York received a donation from the WPA/FAP of the negatives from twelve agency-sponsored photographic projects, many of which document the social situation of the ordinary people during the Great Depression. They include Arnold Eagle and David Robbins's "One Third of a Nation," documenting poverty in New York; Arnold Eagle's "Sabbath Studies”; Sid Grossman's Harlem project; several projects by Andrew Herman, including work on the garment industry, outdoor markets, Coney Island, the construction of the Sixth Avenue subway, and other New York scenes; a project on food in New York by Sol Libshon; David Robbins's study of the waterfront; and city scene projects by George Herlick and Mark Nadir. 


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Federal Art Project 
Wax Museum.
Shooting Gallery.
6th Avenue Subway Reconstruction, 42nd Street.
[Cutting fabric.]
Fire Escapes.
[Be Kind to Animals.]
Street Scene.
Brooklyn Bridge.
Manhattan from under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Outdoor Market, First Ave. & 14th St.
Mosk's Book Store.
Lehigh Valley.
Manhattan.
Freight Train.
6th Avenue Subway Construction, 23rd Street.
Market by the Elevated Train.
Broadway and W. 24th Street.
Street Vendor.
Mosk's Book Store.
Man Selling Peanuts.
6th Avenue Subway Construction, 16th Street.
Outdoor Market, First Ave. & 13th St.
Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan.
Near the Elevated Train.
Federal Music and the Robot.
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