Poster of an Amish Family, Pennsylvania


Katherine Milhous (1894–1977) was a newspaper illustrator and book designer of Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. She attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. During the Depression of the 1930s, she was employed as an artist for the Work Projects Administration (WPA) Federal Art Program and produced a colorful series of posters representing rural Pennsylvania. One of the New Deal programs launched by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to combat unemployment, in 1936–43 the WPA supported the creation of more than 2,000 posters by well-known artists. These posters were used to promote local tourism and to publicize a variety of programs from art to safety. Shown here is a poster by Milhous featuring an Amish family from Lancaster County, the historic heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, wearing traditional dress. Milhous later won the 1951 Caldecott Medal for her book The Egg Tree.

Last updated: May 24, 2012