Post Office Mural – Canyon TX

Project type: Art, Murals
New Deal Agencies:
Completed:
Artists:
View Project in a Separate Window

Description

The Canyon, Texas post office mural “Strays,” painted by Francis Ankrom, was sponsored by the Section of Fine Arts. The mural, which was completed and installed in 1938, went through multiple iterations of subject matter proposals and sketches before “Strays” was finalized.

Project folders at the National Archives in College Park, MD show that Ankrom had sketched the following alternative ideas for the Canyon post office mural: “In Defense of the Mail,” “Rout in Palo Duro,” and “Onward Texas.” These alternative visions are presented below.

Source notes

Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: http://www.newdealartregistry.org/

National Archives Record Group 121-GA: Records of the Public Building Service
Prints – Photographs of Paintings and Sculptures Commissioned by the Sect. of Fine Arts, 1934-1943
Box 1: Frances Ankrom, Canyon, TX folder.
Scanned and processed by Evan Kalish, July 2014.

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

Location Info


1304 4th Avenue
Canyon, TX 79016

Location notes: lobby

Coordinates: 34.9797278, -101.9309293

2 comments on “Post Office Mural – Canyon TX

  1. Becky Schweers

    My husband’s aunt, Pearl Schweers Ankrom, was wife to the artist. By trade, Frank was an architect, but lacking business during the depression, used his artistic talent. This is the story told in the family. To the best of my knowledge, he never sold any of his works. Various family members have paintings that he painted.
    Early on in my marriage, we made a trip to Canyon, with our three small sons to see Uncle Frank’s mural. He passed away long before I married into the family. I have a small bluebonnet painting that he painted that belonged to my late husband, H. E. Schweers.
    I had no idea that there were so many of these commissioned murals.

  2. Thanks to your comment, Becky, I tracked down the artist, whose name spelling indicates a female — which would have been unusual in that era. I’ve got this information regarding the (mis)spelling of artist “Frances” Ankrom’s name: According to the site FindaGrave.com, Francis Stewart Ankrom, born 1883, died 1952 is buried in San Fernando Cemetery #3, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, beside his wife, Pearl Ankrom (1901-1988). It appears there’s a typo in the spelling of his name, shown here as Frances (implying a female artist). The mural is a marvelous work.

Leave a Reply

Before leaving a comment, please note:

  • Comments allow viewers to share information with others or alert us to errors or changes in a New Deal site.
  • We are not involved in the management of New Deal sites and have no information about visits, hours or rentals.
  • This page shows all the information we have for this site; if you have new information or photos to share, click below.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.