Romance of Steel - USPS Murals


With our most accessible postal service being gutted, I wanted to share with you my favorite office. And possibly my favorite building in Warren!
Niles and Warren are both blessed with beautiful historical buildings for two USPS locations, something that other cities don't have. This is something I have really grown to appreciated even more while away at college.
While the details of this building shine from floor to ceiling, the two things that make this location even more of an experience is the murals.
 
Created in 1938, this oil-on-canvas mural measures 7 feet high by 16-1/8 feet wide.

 

"In 1932, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President he promised Americans a "New Deal" and created public works programs to provide jobs for the millions of unemployed people, including artists. Ten thousand unknown and established artists were commissioned by the government to create murals, paintings, photographs, posters, prints and sculpture. The goal was not only to employ artists, but also to bring fine art into the daily lives of all people."

" United States post office murals were produced in the United States from 1934 to 1943, through commissions from the Procurement Division of the United States Department of the Treasury. The principal objective was to secure artwork that met high artistic standards for public buildings, where it was accessible to all people. The murals were intended to boost the morale of the American people suffering from the effects of the depression by depicting uplifting subjects the people knew and loved."

 

Our post office on High st. Warren, Ohio, received two murals by Glenn Moore Shaw. A native to Olmstead Falls. "Romance of Steel, Old" and "Romance of Steel, Modern" 

"Together the murals convey both the progression of steel manufacturing technology and the hard physical labor that produced the valuable alloy. Shaw depicts a group of eight steelworkers engaged in various tasks: grasping red-hot metal with long-handled tongs, using shovels to keep the furnace burning at the right temperature, and controlling the furnace door.

"Artists were asked to paint in an "American scene" style, depicting ordinary citizens in a realistic manner. Abstract and modern art styles were discouraged. Artists were also encouraged to produce works that would be appropriate to the communities where they were to be located and to avoid controversial subjects."

 

 

 

I also want to mention that I took these photos today while I was dropping off your orders.

(Thank you!<3)

I made sure to ask if taking them was okay considering there were employees and customers, and my teller said :

"Ofcourse! People do it all of the time!"

...I'm sure you know how happy it made my art history nerd heart to hear that. After all this time, these works are still captivating people who are just coming in for service. <3

 

 

ps. Every employee I have encountered here is amazing. BUT Brittany is my favorite! Incase she happens to see this, YOU ROCK! ❤️

Sources :

Links only because I'm lazy ;)

https://ohiomemory.org/digital/collection/p15005coll32/id/399/rec/3

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_post_office_murals

https://www.ohiomemory.org/digital/collection/p267401coll32/id/13403

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