2019 55¢ Post Office Murals – "Antelope"
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: April 2, 2019
First Day City: Piggott, AR
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 10
Quantity Printed: 30,000,000
During the Great Depression, any major project was a godsend for local residents of a town or city. These projects meant jobs and money for those who were able to do the tasks required. In Florence, Colorado, one of these projects was moving their post office to a new building.
The original Florence Post Office was built shortly after James McCandless founded the town in 1872. Unfortunately, the original adobe building burned down sometime before 1888, and the post office was moved. In 1897, the post office went back to its original site in a new building. It moved twice more before finally landing on North Pikes Peak Avenue in 1937.
Like other locations across the country, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an original mural for the Florence Post Office. The painting was created by Olive Rush in 1939, the same year the city's post office building was added to the National Register of Historic Sites. The mural pictures a herd of pronghorn grazing near a watering hole. This species was once a rarity in Colorado, but through conservation efforts, made a big comeback. In the midst of the Great Depression, the mural reminded people to keep working hard and that they, too, would see prosperity again.