On post office walls throughout the United States, painted scenes reflect America's history and way of life. Artwork commissioned by post offices often depicts historical events and courageous acts that celebrate a heroic ideal. Postal artwork provides local communities with a colorful record of their heritage and gives us all a glimpse of the American public's changing taste.
Outside of officially commissioned public art, artists frequently use postal imagery to set a scene as part of the American landscape. Mailboxes, letter carriers, and post offices provide the common context of a typical American community.
Allison Marsh and Patricia Raynor