Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Trip to Our Local Post Office

Greetings from our local post office in Richland Center. I love taking trips to this post office. I get a chance to step back in time and appreciate the beautiful work that went into a place as utilitarian as a post office. This post office along with so many others across the United States was constructed to provide jobs during the great depression as a part of FDR's New Deal in the 1930's. In addition to construction work the US Treasury Department's Section of Fine Arts contracted artists to create murals of a specific theme for each of these post offices. There are 35 murals in post offices throughout Wisconsin.

This oil on canvas mural is called "Decorative Interpretation of Unification of America Through the Post" painted by Ricard Brooks in 1937.

Find a link to more Wisconsin Postal Art here

Read more about the program here.

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karenfae said...

that is really neat.

Needled Mom said...

Very interesting!

Jenny said...

Great post office! I love buildings with character and charm like that.

Greenmare said...

gorgeous thank you! some old friends from college live (and farm) in RC!!

bindu said...

How nice - to have art in the post office! I'm sure it makes it that much more pleasant for the postal workers, and interesting for the customers.