COVID Card #317

March 18, 2021 | 0 comments

There is frustratingly little on the web about Alicia Wiencek (often shown as Weincek). One would think that her identity was “wife.” Searches on her name turn up many articles about her husband (also a post office muralist), Ernest Fiene. Thanks to an auction site, we know (if we trust the info on the site) that she was an art student in Detroit, Michigan in 1937 and that she won a Kosciuszko Art Foundation Scholarship to study in Poland. A couple of her pieces are held by the Detroit Art Institute, but are not displayed on the DIA website. The Kirkland Museum website tells us that she studied or taught in the Boardman Robinson-founded lithograph department at the Broadmoor Art Academy (though, infuriatingly, Ernest gets a parenthetical as her husband as though that should make her mean something to us). Perhaps I am in a mood…

Wiencek made one post office mural: North Carolina Cotton Industry (Mooresville, North Carolina).

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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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