A wagon full of cotton drawn by two work horses, a settler’s log cabin, a few ranging steers, and a farmhand driving a red tractor pulling a row of plowshares cover one wall of the downtown Longview post office, unlikely additions to a place where one usually buys their stamps and mails their packages. But during America’s era of Roosevelt’s New Deal, federally sponsored programs put millions of jobless Americans to work, including artists like Thomas M. Stell, Jr. who painted this mural on the post office wall. Stell, born in Cuero, Texas and a member of the Texas regionalist artists known as the Dallas Nine, began painting for the Public Works of Art Project in 1934. The Longview mural, commissioned in 1942 courtesy of the New Deal agency known as the Treasury Section of Fine Arts, is not only a classic example of New Deal murals that can be found across the country but indicative of the style many Texas regionalist developed throughout the first half of the 20th century.
Longview Post Office Mural
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