COVID Card #249

January 9, 2021 | 0 comments

William Schwartz, like many of the post muralists, was an immigrant. During his life, he worked as a house painter, newspaper salesperson, waiter, theater usher, opera singer, radio performer, and, of course, artist. How one has time for so many talents is beyond me. You can see examples of his work at Modernism in the New City, Incollect, and the Art institute of Chicago.

Schwartz made three post office murals: Mining in Illinois (Eldorado, Illinois), Old Settlers (Fairfield, Illinois), and Riverboat and Bridge (Pittsfield, Illinois).

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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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