COVID Card #237

December 28, 2020 | 0 comments

Philip Guston was one of the more well-known post office muralists. His painting, The Monument, is a staple in many modern art history textbooks and can be viewed online (along with many of his other works) at the Tate’s website. Guston’s work was in the spotlight this year as a scheduled traveling exhibited was halted for the pandemic, and then scrutinized over Guston’s frequent depiction of Klansmen as cute, dopey looking cartoon-like figures going about their daily lives (not engaged in typical KK activity). One need only read a bit about Guston to know that he was not a sympathizer. Personally, I think he paints KKK members as sad jokes — pathetic wastes of human life — and draws attention to the fact that anyone could be a Klansmen hidden in plain sight. A Klansman is a Klansman whether he is driving around in a car smoking cigarettes or committing acts of terrorism.

Guston created one post office mural: Early Mail Service and Construction of the Railroads (Commerce, Georgia).

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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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