New Deal/WPA Art in Wrangell, Alaska

Post Office New Deal Artwork

Most of the Post Office works of art were funded through commissions under the Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture (later known as The Section of Fine Arts) and not the WPA.

Photographs courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memories Exhibit.

Thanks to Trisha Neal who found the above black & white photographs from the Library of Congress, American Memories on-line exhibit.

The Wrangell, Alaska Post Office today:

Austin Mecklem and Marianne Appel (husband and wife) painted the Wrangell mural in 1943 in NY state. It was shipped via railway on Oct 19, 1943 and arrived in Wrangell AK early December 1943. A telegram dated Octboer 20, 1944 stated the Mr. Arnold Prusi installed the mural the previous week. Information courtesy of Jimmy Emerson

Photographs taken by the Supervisor of the Wrangell, Alaska Post Office

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