Post Office Murals
dating from 1934 - 1943
depicted scenes from everyday life.
Often mistaken for WPA art,
the murals were funded through
the Treasury Dept.'s
Section of Fine Arts
in an effort to boost morale and create
public art during the Great Depression ( 1929 - 1939 )
I remember looking up at
the mural over the postmaster's door
in Madison on my daily visits
to retrieve mail, buy stamps or
mail packages... before Fed-X
and UPS replaced those errands.
The Madison mural ..
Long Staple Cotton
by muralist George Snow Hill
depicts a cotton factory during the
time that Madison was home to the
world's largest cotton gin
( a post for a later date )
Post Office murals are disappearing
at a time when we should be preserving
these glimpses of an era gone by..
controversial or not...
you don't have to agree with art
to enjoy it...
Madison Post Office
197 Southwest Pinckney Street
built in 1936