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michael78651
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13 May 2019
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I have been to many post offices and viewed painted murals. They are amazing works of art. Earlier this year, the post office issued a strip of five (in a sheet of ten) depicting post office murals. While the issue is nice, the images on the stamps are flat, and in no way portray the vibrancy of the actual murals. If you ever get a chance to go to an older post office (smaller, older ones may have murals as well, not just the large post offices), take some time to take a look at them.

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2010ccg
13 May 2019
07:27:39pm
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Is there any indication to where these murals are located? It would be neat to find post cards with the images on them and more info.I would like to contact the post offices as well
Cheryl

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ikeyPikey
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13 May 2019
09:14:08pm
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Why, Cheryl, I'm so glad that you asked!

https://livingnewdeal.org/projects/woodhaven-station-post-office-mural-jamaica-ny/ ... the New Deal mural in the lobby of my local post office

http://www.wpamurals.com/ ... a database of WPA (Works Progress Administration) murals all over the country

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/s/ ikeyPikey

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13 May 2019
09:15:12pm
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Yes, the location is printed below each stamp. Here is a link with information about the stamps. I was unable to block and copy the information.

https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/post-office-murals-S_571104

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DannyS
13 May 2019
11:21:15pm
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At the risk of starting a political argument, wasn't the President and stamp collector FDR responsible indirectly for these murals?

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michael78651
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14 May 2019
12:22:47am
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Nothing political about discussing the history of stamps, unless someone takes it a step beyond the subject matter (philately).

The post office murals project was run under the Department Treasury as part of "The New Deal" during the depression. The New Deal is associated with FDR. How much input he had with this project, I don't know.

Here is a Wikipedia link regarding the history of the post office murals:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_post_office_murals

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smauggie
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14 May 2019
09:03:47am
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I helped remove a mural from a post office building that was no longer being used as a post office. It was a pain in the neck.

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DannyS
14 May 2019
10:05:31am
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Was it saved or destroyed Antonio?

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ikeyPikey
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14 May 2019
08:45:01pm
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"... I was unable to block and copy the information ..."



Here you go, Mr #s, courtesy of the Win10 Snipping Tool:

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Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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15 May 2019
08:40:06am
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"Was it saved or destroyed Antonio?"



Oh, definitely saved. The removal was headed up by an experienced art restoration expert working on behalf of the USPS.
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DannyS
16 May 2019
01:07:57am
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Good to hear Antonio. So much of history gets destroyed that saving what we can becomes important.

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pigdoc
16 May 2019
10:57:24am
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Thanks for posting that link, Ikey!

I am SERIOUSLY considering initiating a topical postcard collection on this theme.
1. Create a postcard by printing a photo onto heavy card stock, (jumbo?) postcard-sized.
2. Apply appropriate stamp and have it hand-cancelled at the PO featuring the mural.

The message part of the card could be pre-printed with descriptive info on the mural depicted.

Thinking about sizing them 5" x 8". Then, can display two to a standard sheet protector.

Really awesome stuff, and an artistic TREASURE!

Will be in Chester, PA and Boyertown, PA tomorrow for work....
-Paul

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Rgbrito
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16 May 2019
12:13:07pm
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Hello, I have been following this thread and it is fascinating.
The work artists contributed to beautifying with murals on post office, libraries, hospitals, auditoriums, universities, etc. during the Great Depression was outstanding and incredibly important.

I think your idea of creating your own postcards with the images of those murals (in post offices) is an excellent idea. However, perhaps a little research will yield that some of those postcards already exist. I have not researched this, but I have a hunch there may be some postcards of that theme out there.

When we visited the US Virgin Islands I visited the Alvaro de Lugo Post Office Building and saw beautiful murals decorating the lobby walls created by WPA artist Stevan Dohanos. (I saw a picture posted online in 2018 which shows no damage to the lobby or the murals after hurricane Irma devastated the island.)

Best regards to all!

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ikeyPikey
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19 May 2019
08:45:57am
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"... I think your idea of creating your own postcards with the images of those murals (in post offices) is an excellent idea. However, perhaps a little research will yield that some of those postcards already exist. I have not researched this, but I have a hunch there may be some postcards of that theme out there ..."



I've pawed my way thru more than my share of post cards, and I'd like to suggest that there are zillions of post cards showing a post office building (from the outside), and very, very few showing an interior (of any kind).

The exteriors of post office buildings ended-up on post cards along with statehouses, city halls, courthouses, office towers, hotels ... but those WPA murals in the lobbies? Nah.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey (who thinks that creating MaxiCards of WPA post office murals is a lovely idea)
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2010ccg
20 May 2019
11:53:11am
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Yea and so do I!!!!!!Thumbs Up

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