COVID Card #163

October 15, 2020 | 0 comments

You’ve got to (or at least I’ve got to) love a kid who is inspired by circus posters to become an artist. Delightfully sketchy.

Post office muralist Fletcher Martin was that kid. At the ripe old age of 12, he began work as a printer. Over the course of his life, he would be a lumberjack, a boxer, a Navy man, and a teacher. He was also pretty cheeky. He helped the famous Mexican muralist, Siqueiros, with a mural in Kellogg, Idaho. Siqueiros’s original design depicted a mining accident. We can’t have something like that — no showing the uglier sides of labor. Martin redesigned and painted the mural with a happier scene, including a jackass centered over the postmaster’s door.

Martin also painted Mail Transportation, a post office mural in San Pedro, California.

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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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