Post Office

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In the 19th-century, cheese-making was a major industry in Plymouth, becoming the preeminent industry by the 1930s. Painted in Plymouth’s post office which opened in 1941, Plymouth Post Office depicts the cheese-making process. Plymouth Post Office is the work of Charles Winstanley Thwaites, a Milwaukee artist commissioned during FDR’s New Deal economic revival aimed at supporting unemployed artists. The mural depicts the entire field to fork process. Each character’s face in the mural is that of a real Plymouth cheesemaker. One of the happier legacies of the Great Depression, “New Deal art” decorates post offices and public buildings throughout the United States.