COVID Card #247

January 7, 2021 | 0 comments

Of the approximately 850 post office muralists, the overwhelming majority are artists I had never heard of. Many have little to no work available for viewing via the web. A few are quite famous. And some should be more famous than they are. Bearing in mind that, to an extent, my knowledge (or memory) is limited to art history books and classes.

Mitchell Siporin is an artist I really feel I should have heard of before now. He is (or was) my favorite type of social realist (a touch of the surreal is in many of his works). You can see examples of his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s website, Haus der Kunst, and the Whitney.

Mr. Siporin painted two post office murals: Fusion of Agriculture and Industry (Decatur, Illinois) and Cycle of History of the Region (St. Louis, Missouri).

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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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