New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Local American epics: The forgotten history of New Rockford's TSFA mural

 

July 29, 2019

Sabrina Hornung

The painted mural inside the New Rockford Post Office was initially envisioned very differently than what graces the wall today. Each artist was required to visit the locality for whose post office mural he was competing, and to discuss possible subjects for mural treatment with local townspeople.

The United States Postal Service recently released a set of stamps celebrating the New Deal era post office murals that were federally commissioned during the Roosevelt Administration. Though the mural that graces the walls of the New Rockford Post Office titled "Advance Guard of the West" wasn't featured on any of the stamps, it provides a shining example of the Roosevelt Administration's depression era public art program.

According to its registration form for the National Register of Historic Places, the New Rockford Post Office was built in 1939 and "Advance Guard of the West" was paint...



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