COVID Card #277

February 6, 2021 | 0 comments

At least 115 of my COVID Cards have been inspired by post office muralists and I do believe (it could be that someone is allowing me to believe it, so it’s probably not my fault if I’m wrong) that today is the first time I’ve seen Cezanne’s name come up in relation to a post office muralist.

John Ward Lockwood cites Cezanne as one of his influences. In addition to being an artist, Lockwood was a soldier, having served in the American Expeditionary Force, and an educator. He founded the art department at the University of Texas in Austin.

You can see some of Lockwood’s work on line at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, but his work held at the Whitney shows more of the Cezanne influence (in my opinion, but what do I know?).

Lockwood, who was often referred to simply as Ward Lockwood, painted four post office murals: Pioneers in Kansas (Wichita, Kansas), Daniel Boone’s Arrival in Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky), Harvest of the Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, Texas), and Texas Rangers in Camp (Hamilton, Texas).

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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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