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  • Post Office - Louisville MS
    The post office was built by the Treasury Department in 1935 in a Colonial Revival style. The post office was enlarged with an addition in 1989-90 by architects Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee, Coker, and Tom Howorth. As so many small communities have chosen to replace their historic depression-era post offices, it is of note that Louisville chose a preservation path to keep the post office, and its "art for the people" available to the community at large.
  • Post Office - Macon MS
    This 1941 post office, constructed by the Treasury Department is described by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History as being in an "...odd, watered-down variation of the Colonial Revival style. Contains a mural by Douglas Crockwell, completed and installed in 1944" (MDAH).
  • Post Office - Magnolia MS
    The Colonial Revival post office in Magnolia is one of 32 constructed in Mississippi during the New Deal administration. It contains three murals by John H. Fyfe. The post office retains many of its original features, including the wooden entry vestibule common to the design. Enzweiler (1993) described the exterior features of the post office as: "...doorway flanked by wooden, Doric pilasters supporting an architrave with dentils...recessed panel with a brick voissoir surround, cast stone eagle one foot tall." It bears the standard cornerstone identifying the Secretary of the Treasury, Postmaster General, Supervising Architect, and Supervising Engineer.
  • Post Office - Newton MS
    This New Deal Post Office was constructed in 1936.
  • Post Office - Okolona MS
    This post office was constructed by the Treasury Department in 1937. It briefly contained a New Deal mural painted by Harold Egan.    
  • Post Office - Picayune MS
    The Colonial Revival style post office was built in 1937-8. It contains a mural, "Lumber Region of Mississippi" by Donald H. Robertson.
  • Post Office - Pontotoc MS
    "The post office is built in the Georgian /Colonial Revival style and has central double-leaf aluminum and glass doors surrounded by a stone architrave with dentil molding in the cornice, a stone water table and cornice with dentil molding, brick quoins at corners, and granite steps" (Sanders & Cawthon, 1993).
  • Post Office - Poplarville MS
    The historic post office building in Poplarville, Mississippi was constructed with federal Treasury Department funds during the Great Depression. Completed in 1941, it is still in use today. "This building has an unusual plan and appearance for a post office of its period: it is a narrow-fronted, two-story, hip-roofed brick building in a simplified Colonial Revival Style" (MDAH).
  • Post Office - Tylertown MS
    Another Colonial Revival style post office built under the New Deal is the Tylertown post office. It was constructed in 1940, the last of the five post offices built between 1931-1940 by the Columbia & Hattiesburg firm of Dye & Mulling. It contains a mural by Lucile Blanch, "Rural Mississippi--From Early Days to Present" that was completed in 1941.
  • Post Office - Waynesboro MS
    The post office in Waynesboro was completed in 1939 with funds provided by the Treasury Department. It is also the site of Ross E. Braught's 1942 mural, "Waynesboro Landscape," painted with funds provided by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts.
  • Post Office (former) - Batesville MS
    This former post office building was constructed by the Treasury Department in 1940. The one-story brick building has a basement. Wright (2003) described the building, "...a copper visor over the front entrance...recessed windows...decorative dentil work around the top perimeter and between recessed window openings...iron railing on front facade." This building is now used as a private law office. This post office originally contained the mural "Cotton Plantation" by Eve Kottgen, completed in 1942. The current location of the mural is on the work floor of the new post office building where it is not visible to the public.
  • Post Office (former) - Bay St. Louis MS
    The Colonial Revival-style post office building in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi was constructed by Dye and Mullings on behalf of the federal Treasury Department. It is now privately owned.
  • Post Office (former) - Cleveland MS
    The Colonial Revival style former post office was constructed in 1934, and currently is used as the Cleveland Police Department. The building was the first federal building constructed in Bolivar County (Fazio, et al., 1979).
  • Post Office (former) - New Albany MS
    The Colonial Revival post office building was constructed in 1936 by Blair, Algernon Construction Company. The building is currently used as the Union County Development Association Building. The building contains a mural by Robert Cleaver Purdy, "Miliking Time," which was completed and installed in 1939.
  • Post Office (former) - Philadelphia MS
    "One of many public buildings constructed in Mississippi under WPA legislation during the Great Depression, the building has been well maintained and has retained its architectural integrity" (Weaver, 1995). The former US Post Office in Philadelphia was one of 32 post offices constructed in Mississippi under the New Deal Administration. The nomination form for the National Register of Historic Places described the building as "loosely Classical Revival with Mediterranean influence." Currently in use as the Philadelphia Police Department, the building retains its original wood and glass entry vestibule and other internal and external elements. A mezzanine level is on the...
  • Post Office (former) - Ripley MS
    The 1939 Colonial Revival-style post office was rehabilitated in 1999 and now privately owned; as of 2014 it was home to a communications company, though no longer. The company received a Heritage Award for Excellence in the rehabilitation of the historic building. It formerly contained bas relief sculptures by George Aarons. The sculptures were moved to the new post office at its completion.
  • Post Office (former) - Starkville MS
    The historic one-story Colonial Revival post office in Starkville, Mississippi was constructed by M. C. Monroe for $14,750 in 1935. It has not been used as a post office since the 1980s; the building is now privately owned.
  • Post Office (former) Mural - Booneville MS
    "Mural entitled "Scenic and Historic Booneville" painted in 1943. This is one of the murals that's title does not match it's content. The artist had wanted to paint a minor, local Civil War skirmish--hence the title. The Section of Fine Arts said no. This mural is still in the old PO building--now the Chancery Court Building."
  • Post Office (former) Mural - New Albany MS
    "Milking Time," by Robert Cleaver Purdy, is an oil-on-canvas mural completed and installed in 1939 in what was then the New Albany, Mississippi post office. It remains in the building, which is currently used as the Union County Development Association building.
  • Post Office Bas Relief - Carthage MS
    Peter Dalton completed this carved wood bas relief, entitled "Lumbermen Rolling a Log," in 1941 with funds provided by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts. It is viewable in the lobby of Carthage's historic post office.
  • Post Office Mural - Amory MS
    "New Deal mural entitled "Amory in 1889" painted in 1939 by John McCrady. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with the Post Office."
  • Post Office Mural - Batesville MS
    "New Deal mural entitled "Cotton Plantation" painted in 1942 by Eve Kottgen. It was moved to the current post office in 1998. Due to lack of space (or planning), there was no space in the lobby so the mural was hung on the work floor out of public view. They are happy to let folks view it however." (flickr)
  • Post Office Mural - Bay St. Louis MS
    This oil-on-canvas mural entitled “Life on the Coast” was painted in 1938 by Louis Raynaud. The mural was moved to the current Post Office in 1987. The images depict the lifestyle of coastal Mississippians. The original design showed the mother in a bathing costume playing in the water next to her child. However, in the final work she stands on the shore in a more conservative dress.  
  • Post Office Mural - Columbus MS
    The historic New Deal post office in Columbus, Mississippi houses an example of New Deal artwork: a Treasury Section of Fine Arts mural entitled "Out of Soil," which was completed in 1940.
  • Post Office Mural - Crystal Springs MS
    A mural by Henry La Cagnina, created under the Treasury Bureau's Section of Fine Arts program, was completed and installed in the post office in 1943 at a cost of $700.00. "Harvest" illustrated the important truck farming industry in the Crystal Springs, Mississippi area in the 1930s (Enzweiler, 1992). La Cagnina's mural featured farm workers and women packers preparing vegetables for shipment. Crystal Springs was known as the "tomatroplis of the world" during that period, and shipped vegetables all over the US via train, apparently providing employment and income that benefitted the community during the years of the Great Depression (Nelson-Easley,...
  • Post Office Mural - Durant MS
    Isidore Toberoff's mural, "Erosion, Reclamation and Conservation of the Soil" was completed in 1942. The oil-on-canvas work was completed under the auspices of the Treasury Section of Fine Arts. Toberoff was a 1942 Pulitzer Prize winner in art, and while himself recovering from war injuries, helped to provide therapy for wounded soldiers in the occupational therapy program at Fort Benjamin Harrison in 1943 (Bower, 1984).
  • Post Office Mural - Eupora MS
    This mural was painted in 1945 by Thomas Savage in the Eupora, MS post office. He was a farmer from Iowa who excelled in painting farm scenes; in later years he would work as a commercial artist. He did three Treasury Section of Fine Arts murals, one in Jefferson, Iowa, one in New Hampton, Iowa and this lesser known one in Eupora. The title is "Cotton Farm".
  • Post Office Mural - Forest MS
    The historic post office in Forest, Mississippi houses an example of New Deal artwork: a Treasury of Fine Arts-commissioned mural entitled "Forest Loggers." The work was completed in 1941.
  • Post Office Mural - Hazlehurst MS
    The post office contains a Treasury Section of Fine Arts mural "Life in the Mississippi Cotton Belt," painted by Auriel Bessemer in 1939 and installed in the Hazlehurst post office that same year. Bessemer was the son of Hungarian immigrants (Boszormenyi Family Tree). His accomplishments included work with the Gallery of Modern Masters in Washington and the American Museum of Natural History in New York (Enzweiler, 1992). Bessemer's painting represented the Copiah County diversified economy of an earlier time: cotton industry and manufacturing (Nelson-Easley, 2007), possibly the nearby Wesson Mills. Like many of the murals under the program, it could be...
  • Post Office Mural - Houston MS
    The post office contains a 1941 Section of Fine Arts mural, "Post near Houston, Natchez Trace, 1803" by Byron Burford,Jr.
  • Post Office Mural - Indianola MS
    Beulah Bettersworth's mural "White Gold in the Delta" was completed in 1939 for the Indianola post office under the auspices of the Treasury Section of Fine Arts. Bettersworth, who also completed a mural for the Columbus, Mississippi post office, was selected as a replacement for the commission awarded to Walter Anderson after his health prevented his ability to execute the Indianola mural.
  • Post Office Mural - Leland MS
    The post office contains a mural painted by Stuart R. Purser, "Ginnin' Cotton." Purser's design was the winning design for Mississippi in the 48-State mural competition.
  • Post Office Mural - Louisville MS
    The mural, "Crossroads," was installed in 1938. Karl Wolfe of Jackson, MS was one of only three Mississippi artists commissioned by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts for one of the 28 works installed in the state. He was paid $310 for the painting and installation (Black, 1998).
  • Post Office Mural - Macon MS
    S. Douglass Crockwell painted "Signing of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek" in 1944 with funding from the Treasury Section of Fine Arts. Crockwell, a commercial artist, "...departed from type and explored dark and emotive styling to depict a critical event in local history....The event...was critical to the formation of Macon as well as the larger area in Mississippi and Alabama" (Navarro). Medium: oil on canvas
  • Post Office Mural - Newton MS
    This mural "Economic Life in Newton in the Early 1940s" by Franklin and Mary Boggs was completed in 1942 with Section of Fine Arts funds.
  • Post Office Mural - Okolona MS
    Harold Egan's "The Richness of the Soil" was completed in 1939 for the Okolona, Mississippi post office. It was ordered painted over by the postmaster within days of its installation, for reasons that are not entirely clear, but most likely, related to the elements of modernism in the mural. Egan's work was not the typical realism or regionalism favored by the South in post office murals. Undocumented, but commonly accepted, reasons also include that the "female figure was too risqué for the 1930s" and that the "scantily clad woman was not well received." However, Mark Clinton Davis of the Pearl River...
  • Post Office Mural - Pascagoula MS
    Lorin Thompson painted this oil on canvas mural, entitled "Legend of the Singing River," in 1939 with funds provided by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts. "The mural was damaged in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. The post office was later demolished and the mural is currently in storage at the Moss Point PO. It is hoped to have it installed in the newly opened Pascagoula PO on Jackson Street within the year." (newdealartregistry.org) As of 2017, the mural was hung in the new post office. The "Legend of the Singing River" is "a love story in which it is told that the...
  • Post Office Mural - Picayune MS
    "Lumber Region of Mississippi" was painted by Donald H. Robertson in 1940 under the auspices of the Treasury Section of Fine Arts. The mural was painted over in the 1970s.
  • Post Office Mural - Pontotoc MS
    Medium: oil on canvas   "The Wedding of Ortez and SaOwana--Christmas 1540 was painted by Joseph Pollet and completed and installed in 1939. The mural depicts the feast given by Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto to honor the first recorded Christian marriage in North American, which took place near Pontotoc (Sanders & Cawthon, 1993).  
  • Post Office Mural - Tylertown MS
    Lucile Blanch (aka Lucille Blanch, Lucile Lunquist Blanch, Lucile Lundquist-Blanch, & Lucille Lundquist-Blanch) painted "Rural Mississippi-From Early Days to Present" for the Tylertown, Mississippi post office. According to Deborah Purnell (2004), it was "actually a fresco painted directly onto the wall" and Blanch was "one of the few artists who actually painted the mural in the same town for which the work was commissioned. She took great pleasure in talking to townsfolk about the progress of the painting, and they, in turn, enjoyed seeing places they knew develop in the work." The mural was completed in 1941. Blanch, born in Hawley,...
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