Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004

    Acronym for the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal-era agency. This organization, at least if you believe its critics, was involved almost exclusively in make-work projects -- unlike, say, its sister agency the PWA, which built major public works projects such as the Hoover Dam. Fresh Fish (Avery, 1939) has a shovelnose shark who is digging in the ocean floor as part of a WPA project. The Pony Express rider in Saddle Silly (Jones, 1941) runs into a warpath that is under WPA construction.

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