COVID Card #177

October 29, 2020 | 0 comments

It’s a girl! Or, to those of you who aren’t ardent fans of Girl Power as I am, and find the term “girl” to be demeaning to grown-up women: It’s a woman. Not a lot of the post office muralists were women. It’s always fun when one pops up in the list — and when her work and life has reached the web in some way (yes, I know, the web is not the end all of research, not by a long shot, but we are still experiencing a pandemic and I do still have a day job, so it’s what I’ve got).

It’s a digression kind of day, I guess. And now, as they say, on with the show.

Louise Emerson Ronnebeck was a muralist and, I would imagine, something of a spitfire by the standards of the time in which she lived. Her Wyoming post office mural, Fertile Land Remembers, rather beautifully conveys the horrific near genocide of Native Americans (at least it does in my opinion) committed by settlers of the US.

At first glance, much of her work may not seem very interesting. But if you take a moment to look, you will start to notice recurring compositional elements (like objects, buildings, people, animals, etc. crowded together — does it represent prosperity or congestion or neither or both?) and themes; and you will start to see that she may be telling us more than we might first think.

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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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