CARLISLE, JC: A Simple and Vital Design: The Story of the Indiana Post Office Murals

Carlisle, John C. A Simple and Vital Design: The Story of the Indiana Post Office Murals. Indiana Historical Society, 1995. ISBN: 087195110X. Unmarked. French flaps. Beautifully illustrated. List of cities, murals, and artists. Measures 11.5×8.75 inches. Photographs by Darryl Jones. Bibliographic references. Very Good. Paperback. (#24949)

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In the 1930s the Public Works of Art Project of the Treasury Department started a program “to secure suitable art of the best quality for the embellishment of public buildings.” Post offices built under the New Deal were among the beneficiaries of this program. In Indiana, thirty-six of the thirty-seven original murals still exist.

Artists include Milton Avery, Alan Tompkins, Avery Johnson, Gail W. Martin, Orville Carroll, Marguerite Zorach, and others.