Isidore Toberoff’s mural, Erosion, Reclamation and Conservation of the Soil, was completed in 1942 (Mississippi Department of Archives and History/Historic Resources Inventory database). The oil-on-canvas work was completed under the auspices of the Treasury Section of Fine Arts (NewDealArtRegistry.org). Toberoff was a 1942 Pulitzer Prize winner in art, and while himself recovering from war injuries, helped to provide therapy for wounded soldiers in the occupational therapy program at Fort Benjamin Harrison in 1943 (Bower, S. E. (1984). A History of Fort Benjamin Harrison, 1903-1982. Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind.: Command History Office, US Army Soldier Support Center).
LIke several of the Mississippi post offices completed during that time period by the New Deal and the Works Progress Administration, Durant’s post office contains the wooden vestibule.
The Colonial Revival style post office was completed in 1939; builder was B. L. Knost, and the architect was the Office of the Supervising Architect of Treasury (MDAH/HRI).
Categories: Historic Preservation, New Deal, Post Offices
The Durant Post Office looks a lot like the Lake Village, Arkansas Post Office (1938). I guess when the architect is the Post Office, that’s what you got in 1938.
Yes, apparently so. I have seen a number of the POs in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas all with the same design. You can see my post on the Lake Village post office at http://suzassippi.blogspot.com/2013/01/lake-village-arkansas-post-office-and.html.
Yeah. They used to just mail it in. . . . sorry.
This pun rates four raspberries on a scale of five.