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Massachusetts New Deal Art

Post Office Artwork in Massachusetts - Most of the Post Office works of art were funded through commissions under the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture (later known as The Section of Fine Arts) and not the WPA.

“Often mistaken for WPA art, post office murals were actually executed by artists working for the Section of Fine Arts. Commonly known as “the Section,” it was established in 1934 and administered by the Procurement Division of the Treasury Department. Headed by Edward Bruce, a former lawyer, businessman, and artist, the Section’s main function was to select art of high quality to decorate public buildings if the funding was available. By providing decoration in public buildings, the art was made accessible to all people.” from “Articles from EnRoute :Off The Wall: New Deal Post Office Murals” by Patricia Raynor

New Deal/WPA Art in Massachusetts – Unless indicated, works of art are located in the US Post Office building.

Location Artist Title Date Medium
Adams Helen Rubin Stoler “Quakers and the Site of Adams” 1940 fresco
(destroyed)
Ashland Saul Berman “The Railroad Comes to Town” 1941 oil on canvas
Ayer Leo Friedlander “Rural Mail” 1943 wood relief
Boston,
Arlington Branch
William C. Palmer “Purchase of the Land and Modern Tilling of the Soil” 1938 oil on canvas
Boston,
Chestnut Hill Branch
William Abbott Cheever “The Reverend John Eliot Preaching to the Indians” 1941 mural
Boston,
East Boston Branch
Ralf E. Nickelson “Communication” 1941 oil on canvas,
4 panels
Boston,
Everett Branch
Stephen Etnier “Mail for New England” 1940 oil on canvas
Boston,
Lexington Branch
Aiden Lassell Ripley “Paul Revere’s Ride” 1940 oil on canvas
Boston,
Milton Branch
Elizabeth Tracy “The Suffolk Resolves – Oppression and Revolt in the Colonies” 1939 oil on canvas
Boston,
Weymouth Branch
Guy Pene du Bois “First Landing at Weymouth” 1942 oil on canvas
Canton Ernest Fiene “Paul Revere – 1801″ 1937 oil on canvas
Chicopee Falls Frederick H. Brunner four wooden grilles 1936 wood relief
(funded by TRAP)
Chicopee Falls Ernest Halberstadt “History of Chicopee Falls” 1938 oil on canvas
Clinton Theodore C. Barbarossa “History of a Letter” 1939 plaster relief
Concord Charles Anton Kaeselau “Battle at the Bridge” 1941 oil on canvas
Danvers Dunbar Beck “Return of Timothy Pickering to Reside at Danvers” 1939 oil on canvas
Dedham W. Lester Stevens “Early Rural mail Delivery” and “Early Rural School” 1936 oil on canvas
(funded by TRAP)
East Walpole George Kanelous “Early Paper Making” 1941 tempera
Falmouth Karl Oberteuffer “Recapture of Corn Schooner from British” 1943 oil on canvas
Foxboro Arnold Geissbuhler “Straw Cutting and Weaving” 1941 wood relief
Greenfield Helene Sardeau “Planting,” “Mother and Child,” and “Reaping” 1941 sculpture
Holyoke Ross Moffett “Captain Alezur Holyoke’s Exploring Party on the Connecticut River” 1936 oil on canvas
Hyannis Benjamin Hawkins “Cape Cod Fishermen” 1939 cast stone relief
Ipswich Saul Levine “Ipswich Tax Resistance – 1687″ 1941 oil on canvas
Lynn William Riseman “Colonial and Contemporary Civic Culture” and “Early and Modern Industries of Lynn” 1936 oil on canvas
Mansfield Joseph A. Coletti “Farmers and Geese” 1939 plaster relief
Medford Henry Billings “Golden Triangle of Trade” 1939 oil on canvas
Millbury Joe Lasker “An Incident in the King Philip War, 1670″ 1941 oil on canvas
Natick Hollis Holbrook “John Eliot Speaks to the Natick Indians” 1937 tempera
North Adams Louis Slobodkin “Mohawk Trail Workers” and “Mills Digging Tunnel” 1942 cast stone reliefs (one of three destroyed)
Northampton Alfred D. Crimi “Work, Religion and Education” 1940 oil on canvas
Orange Oronzio Maldarelli “Builders of Orange” 1939 plaster relief
Peabody Waldo Peirce “Old Bull Pen” 1940 oil on canvas
Revere Ross Moffett “The First Store and Tavern” 1939 oil on canvas
Rockport W. Lester Stevens “Preparing Rockport Granite for Shipment” 1939 oil on canvas
Saugus Robert Penn “Historic Saugus” 1941 aluminum relief
Somerville Ross E. Moffett “A Skirmish between British and Colonists” 1939 oil on canvas
South Hadley Saul Levine “Composite View of South hadley” 1942 tempera
Springfield (now Federal Building) Umberto Romano “History of Springfield” 1937/38 mural
(funded by TRAP) six panels
Stoneham William Zorach “Shoemakers of Stoneham” 1942 terra-cotta relief
Stoughton Jean Watson “A Massachusetts Countryside” 1940 oil on canvas
Wakefield Fortunato Tarquinia “Benjamin Franklin” and”George Washington” 1936 marble reliefs on facade
Wareham Lewis Rubenstein “Cranberry Pickers” 1940 oil on canvas
West Springfield Walter Hancock “New England Post Rider” 1938 plaster relief
Whitinsville Milton Horn “Colonel Paul Whitin – Blacksmith” 1939 plaster relief
Whitman Attilio Piccirilli “Liberty” 1940 plaster relief
Winchendon Minna Harkavy “Industry and Landscape of Winchendon” 1942 wood relief
Wollaston George Kratina “Welder” 1942 wood releif
Worcester
(now the Worcester Library, Children’s Room)
Ralf E. Nickelson “Reading of the Mail,” “Farming in the Worcester Region,” and “Street Building” 1940 mural

 

All mural images depicted on this site are used with permission of the United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

 


 

Boston:
Boston Housing Project - Treasury Department Art Project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Burroughs Newsboys’ Foundation - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Children’s Museum - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Custom House - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Hancock School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Long Island Hospital - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Michaelangelo School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
State House - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Brighton – William Howard Taft School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Charlestown – Bunker Hill Post of the American Legion – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Fall River - Technical High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”). Fall River was also home to John Mann, WPA artist

Falmouth:
Community Centre - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Falmouth High School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Gloucester:
City Hall - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Eastern Avenue School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Gloucester High School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Hovey School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Greenfield:
Greenfield High School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Monroe School - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Holbrook – Franklin School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Marblehead - High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Medford – High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Newton – High School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Rockport – Town Hall – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Roxbury – Boston Clerical School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Sandwich – Sandwich Grade School – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Saugus – Municipal Building – WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Springfield:
Court House - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)
Springfield Museum of Natural History - WPA project (from “Federal Art in New England”)

Tyngsboro, MA Post Office mural – note: this mural was NOT funded under the New Deal.