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Post Office Artwork in Pennsylvania - 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
Aliquippa Niles Spencer “Western Pennsylvania” 1938 oil on canvas
Allentown Gifford Beal (ten panels) 1939 oil on canvas
Altoona Lorin Thompson “Pioneers of Altoona” and “Growth of the Road” 1938 oil on canvas
(funded by TRAP)
Altoona Sterling Smeltzer untitled no date (funded by PWAP)
Ambler Harry Sternberg “The Family – Industry and Agriculture” 1939 oil on canvas
Athens Allan D. Jones, Jr. “General Sullivan at Tioga Point” 1941 oil on canvas
Bangor Barbara Crawford “Slate Belt People” 1941 mural
Beaver Falls Eugene Higgins “The Armistice Letter” 1938 oil on canvas
Belle Vernon Michael Loew “Men of Coal and Steel” 1942 oil on canvas
Blawnox Mildred Jerome “The Steel Worker and Family” 1941 wood relief
Bloomsburg Roy King “Pennsylvania Farming” 1937 walnut relief
Boyertown Moissaye Marans “Harvest,” “Transfer of Skill,” “Education,” and “Barnyard” 1941 plaster reliefs
Bridgeville Walter Carnelli “Smelting” 1941 fresco (destroyed)
Brownsville Richard Lahey “Showing the People in the Early Days Transfering from Stagecoach to Boat” 1936 oil on canvas
Burgettstown John F. Folinsbee (Peter Cook, assistant) “View of Burgettstown” 1942 oil on canvas
California Saul Berman “Monongahela River” 1939 oil on canvas
Canonsburg Peter Blume “Beatty’s Barns” 1937 oil on canvas
Catasauqua F. Luis Mora “Arrival of the Stage” 1936 oil on canvas
Chester Erwin Springweiler “William Penn” 1938 metal
Clarks Summit Harry P. Camden “Communication by Mail” 1939 aluminum
Columbia Bruce Mitchell “Columbia Bridge” 1938 oil on canvas
Conshohocken Robert I. Russin “Steel Workers” 1942 wood relief
Coraopolis Nena de Brennecke “Raccoon, Deer and Fox” 1940 three wood reliefs
Coudersport Ernest Lohrmann “Lumbering in Potter County, 1815 – 1920″ 1939 plaster relief
Danville Jean de Marco “Iron Pouring” 1941 aluminum
Doylestown Charles Child “William Markham Purchases Bucks County Territory” 1937 oil on canvas
Drexel Hill Concetta Scaravaglione “Aborigines” 1942 wood relief
East Stroudsburg
(now Borough Municipal Building)
Bennett Kassler “Comunication” 1937 sculpture
Elizabethtown Lee Gatch “Squaw’s Rest” 1942 oil on canvas
Henry Kreis “American Youth” 1940 aluminum (2)
Everett Hazel Clere “Signing of the Constitution” 1940 plaster
Farrel Virginia Wood (Riggs) “Myths of Vulcan and Juno” 1939 mural (painted over in 1966)
Ford City Josephine Mather “Glass Making” 1941 Carrara structural glass, ivory color
Freeland John F. Folinsbee “Freeland” 1938 oil on canvas
Girard Janet De Coux “Vacation Time” 1942 wood relief (in storage)
Hamburg Nathaniel Kaz “Home” 1941 wood relief
Honesdale Walter Gardner “Canal Boat,” “Clearing the Wilderness,” “Coal,” “Gravity Railroad,” and “Visit by Washington Irving” 1937 oil on canvas (funded by Section and TRAP)
(now in new Post Office)
Chaim Gross “Puddlers” 1942 wood relief
Jeannette Frank T. Olson (design) and Alexander J. Kostellow “Glass Industry” and “Battle of Bushy Run” 1938 oil on canvas
Jenkintown Herschel Levit “General Washington’s Troops on Old York Road” 1942 tempera (stored in High School)
(building reportedly sold)
Louis Slobodkin eagles 1938 granite
Kutztown Judson Smith “Rural Route Number One” 1937 oil on canvas
Lititz Joseph Nicolosi “The Moravian Communion – Lititz Springs Picnic” 1941 wood relief
Mahonoy City Malvina Hoffman “Coal Miners Returning from Work” 1939 plaster
McDonald August Jaegers “Agriculture and Industry” 1937 plaster relief (aluminum finished)
Manheim Theresa Bernstein “The First Orchestra in America” 1938 oil on canvas
Masontown Harry Leith-Ross “General Lafayette Is Welcomed at Friendship Hill by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gallatin on May 27, 1825″ 1941 mural
Mercer Lorin Thompson “Clearing the Land” 1940 oil on canvas
Mercersburg Joseph Nicolosi “Good News” 1938 plaster relief
Meyersdale Fred De Lorenzo “Harvesters at Rest” 1940 plaster relief
Midland Humbert Albrizio “Steel Workers” 1940 sculpture
Mifflinburg Bennett Kassler “Pioneers of the Community” 1941 plaster reliefs (four panels)
Milton Louis A. Maene “Transportation” 1936 bronze plaque and seven stone reliefs (funded by TRAP)
Morrisville Yngve Soderberg “Canal Era” 1939 mural
Mount Pleasant Alexander Sambugnac “Air Mail” 1937 plaster relief
Mount Union Paul Rohland “The Union of the Mountains” 1937 oil on canvas
Muncy John W. Beauchamp “Rachel Silverthorne’s Ride” 1938 oil on canvas
Nazareth Ryah Ludins “Cement Industry” 1938 oil on canvas
Norristown Paul Mays “Local Industry” and “U.S. Mail” 1936 oil on canvas
North East Leo Lentelli “The Town Crier” 1937 cast stone
Northampton Maurice Glickman “Physical Changes of the Postman through the Ages” 1939 cast stone relief
Northumberland Dina Melicov “Dr. Joseph Priestley” 1942 red mahogany relief
Oakmont Franc Epping “Allegheny River” 1942 terra-cotta relief
Palmyra (now on display at the Bindnagle Lutheran Church in Palmyra)* Alice Decker “Reaping,” “The Oldest Church in the Valley,” and “Ploughing” 1940 wood reliefs
Custom House and Appraisers Stores
George Harding “Custom House and Court Activities” and “Various Port Activities in Philadelphia” 1938 mural
(31 panels)
Kingsessing Branch
Moses and Raphael Soyer “Philadelphia Waterways with Ben Franklin Bridge” and “View of Downtown Philadelphia Skyline” 1939 oil on canvas
North Philadelphia Branch
George Harding “Mail Delivery,” “City,” “Country,” “Northern Coast,” “Office,” “Home,” “Tropics,” and “History of Mail Transportation by Water” 1939 tempera
Southwark Branch
Robert E. Larter “Iron Plantation near Southwark – 1800″ and “Shipyards at Southward – 1800″ 1938 oil on canvas
Spring Garden Branch (7th and Thompson)
Walter Gardner “Streets of Philadelphia 1938 oil on canvas
William Penn Annex
Edmond R. Amateis “Mail Delivery – North, South, East, West” 1941 stone, facade (4 panels)
William Penn Annex
Donald De Lue “Law,” “Justice,” and two eagles 1940 sculpture
Post Office and Courthouse
Howard Cook “Steel Industry” 1936 fresco
Post Office and Courthouse
Kindred McLeary “Modern Justice” 1937 mural (painted over)
Post Office and Courthouse
Stuyvesant Van Veen “Pittsburgh Panorama” 1937 oil on canvas
Squirrel Hill Postal Station
Alan Thompson “History of Squirrel Hill” 1942 oil on canvas
Pittston Marion Walton “Indian,” “Mine elevator,” and “Campbell’s Ledge” 1942 limestone reliefs
Plymouth Jared French “Meal Time with the Early Coal Miners” 1938 oil on canvas
Quakertown Bertram Goodman “Quaker Settlers” 1938 oil on canvas
Renovo Harold Lehman “Locomotive Repair Operation” 1943 oil on canvas
Roaring Springs Elizabeth Shannon Phillips “Mountain Landscape” 1942 oil on canvas
Scottdale Harry Scheuch “Local Life and Industries” 1942 oil on canvas (3 panels)
West Scranton Branch
Herman Maril “Nature’s Storehouse” 1941 oil on canvas
Sellersville Harry Sternberg “Carrying the Mail” 1937 tempera
Sellinsgrove George Rickey “Susquehanna Trail” 1939 tempera
Somerset Alexander J. Kostellow “Somerset – Farm Scene” 1941 oil on canvas
Swarthmore Milton Horn “The Spirit of the Post” 1937 wood relief
Tunkhannock Ethel V. Ashton “Defenders of the Wyoming Country – 1778″ 1941 oil on canvas
Turtle Creek Mildred Jerome “Treaty of William Penn and the Indians” 1939 wood relief
Union City Vincent Glinsky “The Lumberman” 1941 wood relief
Vandergrift Fred Hogg, Jr. “Railroad Postal Service” 1939 oil on canvas
Wayne Alfred D. Crimi “Anthony Wayne” 1941 oil on canvas
Wilkes Barre,
Kingston Branch
George Harding “Anthracite Coal” 1941 tempera
Wyomissing Cesare Stea “Industry” 1941 terra-cotta relief
York George Kratina “Prayer of Thanksgiving” 1946 wood
York Carl L. Schmitz “Singing Thanksgiving” 1946 wood

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

Ambridge An article about the WPA mural done by Richard Hay Kenah for thePark Road School in Ambridge.

Philadelphia Article from the July 8, 2004 Sun Times entitled “Philly schools uncover art treasures” by Joann Loviglio

Pittsburgh – Article entitled Pittsburgh WPA Artists Paint Murals in Zoo,” from the WPA Review, Vol. A No. 7, May 1941.