Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Deal Art

A reader on vacation sent this beautiful depression-era mural found in the Crawford, NE, Post Office.

The artist, Glenn Newell, was 70 years old when he painted "The Crossing at Crawford" in 1940.

Your office might have one of these murals and I would love a photo of it. Mail it here along with any details you can gather.

The Depression era fine arts inventory owned and controlled by the United States Postal Service was commissioned during the 1930s and 1940s under Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal.

Did you know there is a registry for new deal art? Go to and register your artwork and read about this fascinating bit of American history.

The Postal Service maintains a site here. And we even have a curator for New Deal Art -- contact him here.

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