Products of Missouri, by James McCreery
The post office contains a Section of Fine Arts mural entitled “Products of Missouri” painted by James McCreery in 1939.
McCreery painted a luminous painting of local farm products including fruits, vegetables and chickens. The whole work is multiple vignettes painted almost as isolated still-lifes, but which work well as a whole. The railroad tracks and wheel in the background emphasized the importance of railroads for the local economy.
Little is known about James McCreery, unfortunately given the quality of this work. He was born in Berkeley, CA in 1901 and died in Brooklyn, NY in 1970.
Park and Markowitz, Democratic Vistas, Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal, 1984.
Project originally submitted by Charles Swaney on December 29, 2012.
Additional contributions by Tom Parker.
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