Saving the U.S. Postal Service’s New Deal Masterpieces

Saving the U.S. Postal Service’s New Deal Masterpieces - Businessweek

Walking into New York’s stately General Post Office in the Bronx, the first thing you notice are the murals. In 1938 the Roosevelt administration commissioned artist Ben Shahn to paint the walls of the cavernous lobby with 13 larger-than-life frescoes celebrating the American worker. The social-realist scenes, entitled Resources of America, depict dignified women and broad-backed men toiling on the farm and muscular factory employees operating looms and machinery.

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