Murals: St. Thomas Post Office

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Post Office WPA Mural St Thomas.jpg
I am catching up on some work today that is keeping me from the blog, but I wanted to share this photo of a striking mural painted by Stevan Dohanos in the Alvaro de Lugo Post Office in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
Happy Easter to those into resurrection, coconut cake, rabbits and eggs.
— Steve Clemons

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17 comments on “Murals: St. Thomas Post Office

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    Such a nice post.waiting for more.

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  3. Brenda Stultz says:

    I am the volunteer curator at the Clyde Museum located across the road from the Clyde post office. I am planning a postal themed family program for July and had already planned to bring attention to the mural “Agriculture” by William Krusen. I was surfing around for more info and came across this blog and his son, David’s post! Would really like to communicate with him! I did find his full name in an online archived Orlando newspaper but can’t find contact info on him. David…if you read this, can you please contact me (Brenda) at clydeheritageleague@yahoo.com. TIA!!
    I have admired this mural for quite some time!

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  4. Hector G. says:

    It must be titled “Raft of the Bananas”.

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  5. David says:

    Very kind of you, Don. Thanks. Dad would agree wholeheartedly with you, questions.
    Happy Easter to all the good TWN folk. What a great neighborhood.

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  6. Thomas L. Sjovall says:

    Happy Easter to you!
    Steve You do a wonderfull blog!

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  7. questions says:

    David, very nice! The pride we feel in work done, well done, and visible is something that the admin. should think about encouraging. Public art really adds something to daily life. Architectural detail does, as well.

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  8. Stephan says:

    What a great mural. Thanks for sharing Steve and Happy Easter. Kinda reminds me a bit of Hayao Miyazaki’s work which I and me kids just enjoyed seeing in “Ponyo”

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  9. Don Bacon says:

    David,
    Your dad has a name — let’s note it proudly.
    from the above cite:
    Clyde, Ohio
    William M. Krusen
    “Agriculture”
    1939
    wood

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  10. David says:

    My father’s Federal Art Project contribution hangs in the lobby of the post office in Clyde, Ohio. Entitled “Agriculture,” it is a 2 1/2’x4′ bas relief of a woman seated, bare breasted, holding a sheaf of wheat with a scythe. He was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts when he was awarded what he referred to as a purchase prize in a competition. The bas relief is carved oak, and was carved by a device with two arms, one of which moved over the plaster-of-paris bas relief, which we still have in the family, while the other carved exactly what the first arm passed over. I contacted the postmaster in the late 90s to see if the post office and the work still existed. She replied that both did still exist and sent me a picture of the newly refinished wood-paneled lobby with “Agriculture” in all her glory. She also sent me a photocopy of the letter Dad sent the postmaster with instructions for how to hang the piece.
    I am sitting beneath the plaster-of-paris casting right now. Proud? How could I not be? And how could I not be very proud to be an unreconstructed, unrepentant New Deal Democrat?

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  11. Sweetness says:

    DonS…what’s wrong with rising from the dead?

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  12. MarkL says:

    Wow. I’m on STT now. I’ll have to check that out.

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  13. DonS says:

    I think Steve was being somewhat circumspect about ‘Easter”. My partner, now a ‘fallen away’ Catholic”, with serious Catholic upbringing (mother a Catholic school principal; sister a nun, until she ran screaming an shouting) is repulsed by this most morbid of holidays, and the ‘necessity’ of the historical church to construct this fictitious hagiography to justify a whole architecture, a fictional embellishment on a perfectly sound humanistic and spiritual message. One, however, that has spawned more harm than good, it seems, over time, and certainly that has taken doctrinal rigidity and gender discrimination to incredible heights.

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  14. Don Bacon says:

    “The Federal Art Project was one of the divisions of the W.P.A. created under Federal Project One.. .the F.A.P. [created] over 5,000 jobs for artists and producing over 225,000 works of art for the American people.”
    more here: http://www.wpamurals.com/
    including the art in USVI.
    As a fan of Rivera and Orozco I love murals — thanks, Steve, and h/t to Sweetness.

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  15. Sweetness says:

    Diane Rehm, I think, recently had a show on all the murals that were painted by WPA artists.
    Why not again?
    Some of these murals are in danger because people don’t what they are or who did them.

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