Helen Rubin Stoller was one of the many post office muralists to face controversy. In Stoller’s case, it was not the subject of her mural (Susan B. Anthony) that was the problem, it was the presentation: the original design was too abstract. Sadly, we can see neither the original study nor the final mural online. Ms. Stoller had a photograph of the mural, which has been destroyed, but I do not know its fate. In fact, not much of Ms. Stoller’s work can be seen online outside of auction sites. One (this one) wonders of the validity of the works on auction sites (I’m not talking about Sotheby’s or Christie’s, though they are not infallible). It probably doesn’t help that I am currently (well, not so currently that I am reading a book while writing this post) reading The Great Believers (thanks, bud). I have no pretty bow with which to wrap up this tangential blather.
COVID Card #291
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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.