The post office contains a 1937 Section of Fine Arts mural by Paul Meltsner entitled “Ohio.”
Meltsner’s “Ohio” is a brightly colored view of the industries of Ohio and the work of the people, agriculture to the left, with a powerful tractor in the center, a boat with ore and a
factory to the right in the background. Note that by contrast to works by women artists, no women are included in this mural. Condition issues exist, unfortunately.
Paul Meltsner was born in New York and studied at the National Academy of Design. He was a strong example of the style of social realism, for which this work is an excellent example. He celebrated the work of people in their various pursuits, working together.
Park and Markowitz, Democratic Vistas, Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal, 1984.
Project originally submitted by Charles Swaney on January 31, 2013.
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