Today’s card was inspired by post office muralist, Conrad Albrizio. Albrizio created two post office murals: Shipment of First Iron Produced in Russellville (Russellville, Alabama) and Rural Free Delivery (DeRidder, Louisiana).
Russellville was, apparently, quite proud of a rather hot topic: an Alabama iron furnace. Albrizio presented The Section with two ideas (a local quarry and the iron mine) for the Russellville mural. The Section chose the design depicting the town’s quarry. The people of Russellville (and some state-level officials) had a different idea in mind. They wanted a mural featuring the Old Alabama Iron Works and they wrote many letters to that effect. Albrizio obliged and the town got it’s iron-furnace painting. If only today’s controversies were so easily managed.