Herd mentality

A 1939 painting of antelope.

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

The “Antelope” mural was painted in 1939 by Olive Rush (1873-1966). The painting, which hangs in the Post Office’s lobby, features a herd of pronghorn, which are often referred to as American antelope.

The Florence 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 usps.com.

This is the third of five articles spotlighting the Post Office Murals stamp artwork. Previous stories highlighted “Mountains and Yucca” and “Kiowas Moving Camp.” Tomorrow: “Sugarloaf Mountain.”