Card 152 was inspired by the post office muralist Edward Biberman. Like many artworks during the McCarthy error, some of Biberman’s work was inspected for “subversive” messages or content. And like many artworks during the McCarthy era, nothing shady — or dare I say sketchy — was found. Big fat surprise there. It does beg the question, how will history refer to the present. The COVID19 Era? The QAnon Era (I do hope we’d come up with something more representative like, “The When Many Americans Completely Lost Their Ability to Think Critically Era”)? The Paranoia Era? The Russia Era?
I digress. I know. It’s hard to believe.