Back in the 1930s when the national economy was stalled in the Great Depression, the U.S. government instituted programs to put American artists to work. One of these fine arts projects provided federal commissions for painters who created murals to hang on the walls of local Post Office buildings.
Through nine years of this undertaking, 850 artists created 1,400 murals and sculptures for 1,100 U.S. Post Offices.
Sixty-six of these were placed in Ohio. Of these, three-quarters of the Ohio murals were located in towns with a population of less than 5,000, because in village life a daily visit to the Post Office made it a center of social networking.