New book shows & tells the story of Wisconsin’s New Deal murals


During the 1930s and 40s, under the New Deal, the United States Government commissioned over 1,100 murals for the embellishment of post offices nationwide. Wisconsin received 35 of these murals.

A new book, Wisconsin Post Office Murals, by David W. Gates Jr., shows and tells the elusive and often overlooked story of their existence.  The book follows on Gates’ earlier guidebook to Wisconsin’s historic post offices and murals.

Gates’s research of the correspondence between the artists and government explains how the murals were developed and eventually installed in small towns throughout Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Post Office Murals is packed with fascinating details:

  • 130 full-color images of the murals
  • 70 images of buildings and cornerstones
  • Full-color map with the location of each town
  • The history and story of each mural

Written to educate and promote these wonderful Depression-era works of art and buildings, Wisconsin Post Office Murals is a must-have for any New Deal, history, or post office enthusiast.

If you have ever been to a historic New Deal post office and asked yourself, Why is there a mural in the lobby or Who is the artist who painted the mural on the wall, this is the book for you.

Get your copy today and use it as your guide on your next trip through Wisconsin. For more information, visit, and learn more about the book here.  You can order the book on Amazon here.