UPDATE: The artist of the P.O. mural pictured below is Mordi Gassner. The title is “Family Reunion on Clark Island, Spring 1791.” Tempura, 1941.
With the Post Office in a world of financial hurt, it’s no surprise that it is starting to sell off buildings.
Some of those buildings however house public art. From the WSJ:
Between 1934 and 1943, hundreds of U.S. post offices were adorned with murals and sculptures produced under the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts. Unlike other federally funded arts programs at the time, this initiative was not meant to provide jobs but “was intended to help boost the morale of people suffering the effects of the Great Depression” through art, according to postal officials.
Yeah, those murals. Like the one in the P.O. in Oxford, New York, where I grew up.
It made a very vivid impression on me as a kid. I can remember waiting while my mom or dad mailed letters or bought stamps and staring at that picture. It was so big, so dark; I thought it was magnificent but also a little creepy.
A few years ago I took some pictures of it, and I’m glad I did . . . here they are.
I would love to know who painted it . . . have posted the pics to my Facebook page as well, so maybe somebody there will chip in with some more information.