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    Texas Murals | Post Office Murals (WPA Murals)

    DALLAS, TEXAS WPA MURALS
    Dallas, Texas

    "Airmail Over Texas"
    and "Pioneer Home Builders"

    Artist - Peter Hurd
    Date: 1940
    Location: Dallas Terminal Annex Building

    Our special thanks to Marilyn Tomalavage who sent in these photos (see letter below) of the two extant murals of a group of three painted by New Mexico native Peter Hurd in 1940. The missing mural was called “Eastbound Mail Stage” which probably matched “Airmail Over Texas” in size and shape.
    Dallas Texas WPA Mural - Airmail Over Texas
    "Airmail Over Texas" by Peter Hurd
    Photo courtesy Marilyn Tomalavage
    The photographer’s letter:
    “I noticed on your listing of WPA Murals that you do not have photos of the ones hanging in the Terminal Annex at Dallas. Some years ago I pursued and was given special permission to photograph the two remaining ones that are there. I was told that the third one had been painted over. I cannot tell you how much I love and appreciate the work that Texas Escapes does to preserve and share the history of this state and how much I use it when I am planning travels around the state.  It [is] my pleasure to share my photos with you. I do wish I had been able to compose them differently but where they are mounted was limiting to how I could photograph them.” - Marilyn Tomalavage

    About the artist:
    Hurd, who studied under famed illustrator N. C. Wyeth (Andrew’s father) married into the Wyeth family. He later became a war correspondent for Life magazine and in 1969 painted what was to have been the official presidential portrait of Lyndon Johnson. Johnson wasn’t pleased with the likeness and said as much at the unveiling. It has since become part of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution.

    More on the artist (including Johnson’s reaction to his portrait) can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Hurd
    Dallas Texas WPA Mural Pioneer Home Builders by Peter Hurd
    WPA Mural "Pioneer Home Builders" by Peter Hurd
    Photo courtesy Marilyn Tomalavage
    "Pioneer Home Builders"
    Photo courtesy Marilyn Tomalavage
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