If you are a regular COVID Card post reader, you have probably figured out that I don’t spend a lot of time researching the subject or topics of my cards. I would love to, but as it takes 2-4 hours to draw each card once a topic or subject is found, and I do have a day job, it’s just not possible. Occasionally, I do spend a little more time than usual, however, and it often leads me to funny little bits of trivia, as well as, wishing I did spend more time on the research.
Today’s card was inspired by the work of post office muralist Jaroslav Brozik. As with far too many of the muralists I’ve drawn (no pun intended) inspiration from, there isn’t much info on the web about Brozik. I think it’s safe to say (based on the short bios shown on various auction sites) that he was born in 1904 in Czechoslovakia. He seems to have spent time in Michigan and to have known future card-subject Jean Paul Slusser. His work can be seen on the websites of some lesser known (by me) art museums like the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art in Winter Park, Florida and the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan.
If you look far enough, you’ll also find that you can stay in an adobe house Brozik allegedly commissioned. Is it real? Is it a scam? I don’t know. It’s kind of amusing though. Details of his life may be lost to history, but he lives on through Air BNB.
Brozik made one post office mural: Rural Delivery (Howell, Michigan).