First-Day-Of-Issue Event Held at Piggott Post Office
The Piggott Post Office and the U.S. Postal Service hosted a special ceremony in Piggott on Wednesday, April 10, to mark the release of five new stamps which depict murals from Post Offices across the country—including the one on the wall of the local facility. The Piggott “Walks Through History” tour which was postponed earlier this year due to winter weather was also held following the unveiling, with great weather for both.
Earlier this year, the United States Postal Service announced it would celebrate its Post Office lobby government-commissioned artworks from the 1930s and 1940s by featuring five of the paintings on stamps. Included in the five is the mural on the wall of the Piggott Post Office, “Air Mail”, completed in 1941 by Iowa artist Dan Rhodes.
In recognition of the release, a special first-day-of-issue event is being held.
The murals were painted as part of the Works Progress Administration and funded by the U.S. Department of Treasury and their Treasury Relief Project. During its existence from 1934 to 1943 some 1,371 murals were painted by nearly 850 artists in post offices and other federal buildings.
The murals were painted in an effort to bring beauty to Post Offices across the nation. They were also designed to help boost morale of Americans during the Great Depression, and provide work for artists.
The stamps are being sold in panes of 10, featuring the five different murals. In addition, the town or city and state in which the work is located is printed beneath each mural.
In addition to the 1941 mural “Air Mail” in Piggott, the others featured included--”Kiowas Moving Camp” from 1936, in Anadarko, Okla.; “Mountains and Yucca” from 1937 in Deming, N.M.; “Antelope” from 1939 in Florence, Colo.; and “Sugarloaf Mountain” from 1940, which may be found in the Post Office in Rockville, Md.
Postal officials note the Post Office Murals stamps are being issued as Forever Stamps, and will always be equal in value to the current First Class Mail one-ounce price.
Additional details on the ceremony, and the history tour, may be found in the April 17 edition of the CCTD.