John Sitton Clifton, NJ Mural ContractClifton, NJ Post Office Mural Contract
Then the main post office for Clifton, New Jersey (and later known as Clifton’s Main Avenue Station post office), what is now the Clifton Recreation Center received a six-panel oil-on-canvas mural titled “Transportation”.
John Sitton was awarded the contract for the development, painting, and installation of the murals through a National Competition, for which he was awarded $1,700. Further details can be found on the contract dated October 19, 1936 (see image). The murals were installed at the end of 1937.
Clifton Postmaster G. A. Keenan pleaded for two additional murals to be painted around the office lobby, but further funds were unavailable.
WPAMurals.com writes that the murals were to be installed at the new Clifton post office once the Main Avenue Station was sold, but this information cannot be confirmed by Living New Deal at this time.
National Archives Record Group 121, Entry 133: Case Files Concerning Embellishments of Federal Buildings, Box 66, Clifton folder. http://www.wpamurals.com/newjersy.htm
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on July 20, 2014.
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