New Deal/WPA Art in Marlinton, West Virginia

These Post Office murals were funded by the Section of Fine Arts under the Treasury Department and not the WPA.

Marlinton, WV Post Office
"Past Visions the Future" - oil on canvas
by Edwin Dorsey Doniphan (1939)

The gentleman in the mural is Calvin Sharp, who passed away in 2005.
His oxen's names are "Pat" and "Star." - Information from Calvin Kelly, Jr.

Marlinton, WV Post Office
"Mill Point" - oil on canvas
by Edwin Dorsey Doniphan (1939)

This mural depicts an actual mill that is still standing (2005) and still owned by the McNeil family. - Information from Calvin Kelly, Jr.

Images courtesy of the USPS

Photographs taken by Calvin Kelly, Jr., Postmaster.

Reference Source:
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!

Look for photographs of Post Office exteriors at the Post Mark Collectors Club (PMCC) Post Office photo page:

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