Artwork Photoshoot: WJC Federal Building WPA Artwork

Image of the iconic stairs in the William Jefferson Federal Building.

Every day federal employees pass by these 1930s  Work Project Administration artwork commissioned as part of the Great Works Projects initiated by  President FDR as a way to put depression era painters to work assisting with federal work projects.   The William Jefferson Federal Building in Washington DC (previously called the Ariel Rios Building, EPA Offices) was the US Post Office Headquarters at the time these were commissioned as a result, a number of the paintings have US Mail themes given the building use at the time.  General Services Administration  oversees the maintenance  and restoration of the paintings.

I took these photos as I have not seen other high resolution photos of these paintings posted on the internet.  You are welcome to copy and use these images, please include attribution to Mark Seltzer Photography and a link back to the blog post: http://mark.seltzer.org/photo/index.php/2018/02/24/wpa.

Please note, some of the photos are misguided,  alter history and portray negative stereotypes of American Indians. Please see this website for the Society of American Indian Government Employees for more information. One of the paintings called “Danger of the Mail” has been covered with curtains as a result.

Below is the gallery of images.

Jackson Hole, WY 18

All photos in this deck were taken with a camera phone and post processed.

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Elena & Los Fulanos- Pearl St Warehouse

Accotink Creek Skating

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Twice Baked — Bagels and Biscotti

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High Lawn Farm Visit

November 29, 2017: Visit to High Lawn Farm in Lee, MA with the daughter of the original farmer.

FEMA Work

 

Florida Flora

Kayak 10,000 Islands

 

https://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/tenthousandislands.htm

From NPS: “The Ten Thousand Islands are a labyrinth of water and mangroves. The islands harbor an abundance of life, and the shallows serve as nursery grounds for countless marine species. Boaters should be mindful of the depth of the water, as shallows are common. Finding your way through this area of the park can be difficult, and it is strongly recommended that visitors reference NOAA Charts #11430 and 11432 to assist them.”