Depression-era mural from Lincoln Park, MI, post office to be celebrated

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News-Herald: Gregory Wittkopp, director of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, will give a presentation on the Depression-era Lincoln Park Post office mural, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield Road. The mural entitled, “Hauling in the Net,” was created in 1939-1940 by acclaimed Michigan artist Zoltan Sepeshy in his studio at the Cranbrook … Read More

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

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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 … Read More

Couple leads petition against Lynden Post Office mural

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Lynden Tribune: International Saints and Abolitionists, an organization that aims to eradicate sex trafficking, has started a petition to change the mural on display in the Post Office in Lynden, Wash. The mural, titled “Three Ages of Phoebe Goodell Judson,” was painted in 1942 by Mordi Gassner as part of a New Deal program for artists, and is his artistic … Read More

New Deal murals returning to Old Post Office in Kilgore, TX

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Longview News Journal: For decades, the New Deal murals of artist Xavier Gonzalez held places of honor on the walls of the 1939 post office in Kilgore, Texas. For the past 20 years, the artwork has been in the care of East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College.  As of Monday, they will be back home. The four works of … Read More

Rediscovering Wisconsin’s New Deal Post Offices and Murals

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During the Great Depression, the federal government built nearly two thousand post offices.  Over a thousand of them were adorned with murals, sculptures, and other art works celebrating American workers, local histories, and significant events. Wisconsin Post Office Mural Guidebook, by David W. Gates Jr., tells the story of the historic post offices in Wisconsin.  The guidebook provides an account of all … Read More