New Deal/WPA Art in Ames, Iowa

This Post Office mural was funded by the Section of Fine Arts under the Treasury Department and not the WPA.

Ames, IA Post Office
"Evolution of Corn" - oil on canvas
Lowell Houser (1938)

The artist, Lowell Houser, was born 1903 in Chicago, IL. He taught in Iowa during the 1940s.

Photographs taken by Postal Supervisor

Images courtesy of the USPS

Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal
by Marlene Park & Gerald E. Markowitz

Thanks to Jimmy Emerson who contributed the photographs and his website, the Post Marks Collectors Club (PMCC) at

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