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Indians at the Post Office: Native Themes in New Deal-Era Murals

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Two Eagle Dancers by Stephen Mopope

“For over a century the Postal Service has commissioned artistic works to enliven its stamps, enrich the mailing experience, bring art to its Post Offices, and help educate, inform and delight the American public. We are proud of our history, and that Postal art is popularly recognizable and generally considered part of the ‘Americana’ that makes up our cultural experience.”
–United States Postal Service

There is much to be discerned about these post office murals from the 1930s and 1940s, and what they can tell us about the way we see, and have seen, the world.

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