COVID Card #337

April 7, 2021 | 0 comments

The best online bio I found for William Lester Stevens is both fantastic and disappointing. It fantastically opens in a provocative way — telling the reader they need popcorn before continuing and setting them up to expect something akin to “the sight of a man driving through a backyard with laundry draped across his bumper” from this “madcap” artist. And then it goes on, disappointingly, to describe nothing that is to me anything like a “madcap” existence. Maybe someone considers an artist who uproots his family because he can’t stand living in a place that is popular with artists “madcap,” but I don’t see it. Perhaps it Stevens’s zany habit of sketching in the trenches during World War One that earned him the “madcap” designation. Again, I don’t see it.

Oh, well. It doesn’t really matter — except that I was expecting some really good stuff. You can’t just go throwing around words like “madcap” and then not back them up.

Stevens made three post office murals: Early Rural Mail Delivery and Early Rural School (Dedham, Massachusetts) and Preparing Rockport Granite for Shipment (Rockport, Massachusetts).

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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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