COVID Card #266

January 26, 2021 | 0 comments

John Edward Costigan looks like he’s from a different era. He’s a little David Lynch (the hair) and a little Jon Stewart (the concerned expression). Some of his work is very much in the social realism genre, but many of his paintings seem like the result of an impressionist wagon running into a fauvist train. I’m sure there’s a better way to describe it. I have several friends who are more astute students of art history. Anyone want to bail me out?

Costigan made three post office murals: Receiving the Mail on the Farm (Rensselaer, Indiana), Workers of the Soil (Girard, Ohio), and Receiving the Mail on the Farm (Stuart, Virginia).

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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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