GPO Releases Photobook of Historic Agency Pictures

Washington –The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) releases a new photo history of the agency. Picturing the Big Shop is a collection of 200 photos, including many that have never before been published, comprising the historical record of everyday life at GPO from 1900 to 1980. This GPO “family album” provides, in black and white and sepia, a revealing look at the equipment, the buildings, and the working lives of the men and women of GPO over the years who helped carry out the agency’s mission of Keeping America Informed.

Picturing the Big Shop can be purchased through GPO’s Online Bookstore:\

“While GPO today is a far different place from the GPO in these photos, we remain proud of our past as we embrace the technological changes of the future,” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks. “Picturing the Big Shop is a tribute to the efforts of the men and women who have carried out the important work of producing the information of the Federal Government over the years.”

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