Post Office Murals (1930s)

1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
lobby to left of postal station
Washington, DC, US

Category: Labor Art

Used in the following map:

DC Labor Map

Reginald Marsh, among others, created murals for the Post Office building, depicting such themes as the internal operations of the Post Office, the Postal Service in isolated areas, postal workers unloading, sorting and transferring mail and the connections the Postal Service facilitates between people around the world. According to xxx, these murals, plus the murals in the Department of Justice building represented significant works of government art, both in quality and quantity; "..... led to the formation of a permanent section of painting and sculpture in the Treasury Department for the decoration of new Federal buildings."
(NOTE: the only murals you can see are on the ground floor on Pennsylvania Avenue in the lobby to the left of the postal station; to see the ones on upper floors -- including the two by Marsh (corridor in the southwest corner of the 4th floor), one of the unloading of mail from an ocean steamer and one of the internal workings of "the great Post Office" -- you must have someone from the EPA get you into the building)


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