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Post Office  Artwork in New Jersey - 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

Unless indicated, works of art are located in the US Post Office building.

Location Artist Title Date Medium
Arlington Albert Kotin “The City” and “The Marsh” 1938 oil on canvas
Atlantic City Peppino Mangravite “Family Recreations” and “Youth” 1939 oil on canvas
Boonton Enid Bell “Morning Mail” 1939 wood relief
Bordentown Avery Johnson “Skating on Bonaparte’s Pond” 1940 oil on canvas
Caldwell Brenda Putnam “Sorting the Mail” 1937 plaster lunette
Cliffside Park Bruno Neri “Rural Delivery” 1938 plaster relief
(to be placed in new post office building)
John Sitton “Transportation” 1938 oil on canvas,
six panels
Cranford Gerald Foster “The Battle of Cranford during the American Revolution” 1937 oil on canvas
(funded by TRAP)
Fort Lee Henry Schnakenberg “Indians Trading with the Half Moon,” “Washington at Fort Lee,” “Moving Pictures at Fort Lee,” and “The Present Day” 1941 oil on canvas
Freehold Gerald Foster “Molly Pitcher” 1936 tempera
Garfield Robert Laurent “Transportation of the Mail” 1937 sculpture
Glen Ridge James Chapin “Glen Ridge” 1938 oil on canvas
Gloucester City Vincent D’Agostino “The Perils of the Mail” 1937 oil on canvas
Haddon Heights Isamu Noguchi “The Letter” 1939 cast stone relief
Hammonton Spero Anageros “Harvest” 1940 sculpture
Harrison Murray J. Roper “Industry and the Family” 1940 plaster relief
Linden Sahl Swarz “Industry” 1940 terra-cotta
Little Falls James Brooks “Labor and Leisure” 1939 oil on canvas
Matawan Armin A. Scheler “Philip Freneau Freeing the Slaves,” “Rural Mill,” “Old Hospital,” “Old Glenwood Institute,” and “First Presbyterian Church, 1767″ 1939 plaster reliefs
Metuchen Harold Ambellan “Gardeners” 1942 plaster relief
Millburn Gerald Foster “Revolutionary Engagement at Bridge in Millburn – 1780″ 1940 oil on canvas
Mount Holly Enid Bell “The Post – 1790″ 1937 wood relief
New Brunswick George Biddle “George Washington with De Witt, Geographer of the Revolutionary Army,” “Wasington Retreating from New Brunswick,” and “Howe and Cornwallis Entering New Brunswick” 1939 oil on canvas
New Brunswick Ruth Nickerson “The Dispatch Rider” 1937 sculpture
Post Office and Courthouse
Romuald Kraus “Justice” 1938 bronze
Post Office and Courthouse
Vicken von Post Totten two medallions representing light and darkness 1935
North Bergen Avery Johnson “Purchase of Territory of North Bergen from the Indians” 1942 oil on canvas
Nutley Paul C. Chapman “Return of Annie Oakley” 1941 mural
Hawthorne Branch
Ilse Erythropel “Postman and Hawthorne Bush” 1942 wood relief
Paulsboro Nena de Brennecke “Oil Refining” 1940 three wood reliefs
Penns Grove Benjamin Hawkins “Early Traders” 1942 cast stone
Pitman Nathaniel Choate “The Four Winds” 1937 plaster relief
Plainfield Anton Refregier figures from
American folklore
and “Quilting Bee”
1942 tempera
Pompton Lakes A. Stirling Calder “Benjamin Franklin” 1939 cast stone
Princeton Karl Free “Columbia under the Palm” 1939 oil and tempera on canvas
Ridgefield Park Thomas Donnelly “Washington Bridge” 1937 oil on canvas
Ridgewood Romuald Kraus two male and female figures 1940 metal reliefs
Riverside John Poehler “The Town of Progress – 1855″ 1940 oil on canvas
Short Hills Ernest Lawson “Short Hills Landscape” 1939 oil on canvas
South Orange Bernard Perlin Family Scene 1939 oil on canvas
South River Maurice Glickman “Construction” 1943 wood relief
Summit Fiske Boyd “Arrival of First Train” and “Stage Coach Attack” 1937 mural
Toms River Milton Hebald “Boating on Barnegat Bay” 1941 sculpture
Trenton Charles W. Ward “Second Battle of Trenton,” “Rural Delivery,” and “Glass Manufacture” 1935, 1937 oil on canvas
(funded by TRAP)
Washington Frank D. Shapiro “A Raising in Early New Jersey” 1940 oil on canvas
West New York William Dean Fausett “View From the Palisades – West New York 1939″ 1939 oil on plywood
Westfield Roy Hilton “The New Stagecoach” and “Building of Westfield” 1939 oil on canvas
Westwood Hunt Diederich “Pegasus with Messenger” 1937 metal
Wildwood Dennis Burlingame “Activities of the Fishing Fleet” 1939 oil on canvas
(2 panels)


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


Weequahic - “History of the Enlightenment of Man” in the Weequahic High School, Newark. The murals in the front lobby were dedicated in 1939. They were painted by Michael Lenson, the director for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), who also painted the murals at Newark City Hall.

Woodbridge - There are two WPA murals located in the auditorium of the Woodbridge High School that is now called Woodbridge Middle School (or the Barron Avenue School. The school was built in 1911 and was the high school until 1957. There are two murals, one on either side of the stage and, according to the school librarian, they are attributed to Carl C. Lella, circa 1935, and depict images of Abraham Lincoln, slavery, “freedom” and broken chains. Carl C. Lella lived in Colonia which is a section of Woodbridge (source: Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers, 2nd ed, 1986.). Mr. Lella was a mural painter who painted murals in several Brooklyn high schools, among other places, and created a WPA mural at a school in Perth Amboy in 1936 (source: Star Ledger). Carl C. Lella’s obituary appeared in the NY Times, Dec. 13, 1987. He was 88 when he died.