Post Office Mural – Portland CT

Description

This oil-on-canvas Section of Fine Arts mural entitled “Shade Grown Tobacco” was painted in 1942 by Austin Mecklem.

Shade grown tobacco was an important Connecticut crop in the first part of the twentieth century, most often used as binding wrapper for high quality cigars. “The Connecticut River valley between Portland, CT, and Brattleboro, VT, became known as “Tobacco Valley” in the early 1900’s, when as much as 38,000 acres were under cultivation. Today, about 2,500 acres of tobacco are grown and harvested in the state.”

(North Central News)

Source notes

http://www.wpamurals.com/Connecticut.html
http://connecticutnewdealart.weebly.com/location.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/auvet/285219219/in/set-72157623125332955/
http://thenorthcentralnews.com/issues/Oct07.pdf
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Location Info


320 Main Street
Portland, CT 06480

Location notes: Lobby

Coordinates: 41.577686, -72.637026

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