COVID Card #268

January 28, 2021 | 0 comments

Not much is known on the web about post office muralist Joseph Meert, but the little info that is available contains a couple of interesting tidbits. Meert was a student of Thomas Hart Benton and was friends with Jackson Pollock, allegedly saving Pollock’s life when the latter fell asleep in a snow bank (it could happen to any of us, I assure you). In a way, Pollock returned the favor when his biographer discovered Meert, then a ward of the state, living in a nursing home with no creative outlet (it could happen to any of us). The Pollock-Krasner Foundation rescued Meert and found a place for him in a home that provided art therapy.

You can see some of Meert’s work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum website, the Art Institute of Chicago website, and the National Gallery.

Meert created three post office murals: Harvesting (Spencer, Indiana), Contemporary Life in Missouri (Marceline, Missouri), and Spring Pastoral (Mount Vernon, 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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