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Post Office art shows connection to rural areas

Postal employees handle mail being loaded into a plane in the “Air Mail” mural, painted in 1941.
“Air Mail,” painted in 1941, is one of five artworks featured in the new Post Office Murals stamp release.

A mural in the Piggott, AR, Post Office is one of five from across the nation to be featured in the new Post Office Murals stamp release.

The “Air Mail” mural was painted in 1941 by Dan Rhodes (1911-1989). The painting shows a customer handing a letter to a Postmaster, who then helps load mailbags onto an airplane, demonstrating how airmail connects rural America to the wider world.

The Piggott Post Office was built in 1941 as part the Depression-era public building program.

During the 1930s and 1940s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration commissioned artwork in Post Offices throughout the United States to provide jobs to artists and to illustrate the history and culture of local communities.

The Post Office Murals pane features five paintings from this era. The stamps will be available April 10 at Post Offices and

This is the final article spotlighting the Post Office Murals stamp artwork. Previous articles highlighted “Sugarloaf Mountain,” “Antelope,” “Mountains and Yucca” and “Kiowas Moving Camp.”

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