Peak painting

“Mountains and Yucca,” painted in 1937, is one of five artworks featured in the new Post Office Murals stamp release.

A mural in the Deming, NM, Post Office is one of five from across the nation to be featured in the new Post Office Murals stamp release.

The “Mountains and Yucca” mural was painted in 1937 by Kenneth M. Adams (1892-1966). The 12-foot-wide landscape painting shows yucca and other vegetation in the foreground with local landmark Cook’s Peak in the background.

The Deming Post Office was built in 1936 as part the Depression-era public building program.

During the 1930s and 1940s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration commissioned artwork in Post Offices throughout the United States to provide jobs to artists and to illustrate the history and culture of local communities.

The Post Office Murals pane features five paintings from this era. The stamps will be available April 10 at Post Offices and

This is the second of five articles spotlighting the Post Office Murals stamp artwork. The first story highlighted “Kiowas Moving Camp.” Tomorrow: “Antelope.”