Like many artists, Ben Nason began his career working for the WPA's Federal Art Project in the late 1930s. His posters for FAP exhibits at 77 Newbury Street, down the street from our Gallery, revealed the strong influence of McKnight Kauffer and A. M. Cassandre.
It appears that one of his earliest clients was the New Haven Railroad, who commissioned 7 posters for its top destinations. Simple and brightly colored but graphically sophisticated, his NHRR posters merged symbols of various tourist landmarks. Often posted on cardboard, they are hard to find in as nice condition as this example for the Cape.