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Post Office Mural - Did you know?

Mural inside the Corning Post Office

Picture of the mural displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Marion Gilmore Born 1909 in Ottumwa, IA Died at the age of 75 in Ottumwa, IA

Did you know?

We have a mural in our Corning, Iowa Post Office that was part of the New Deal Mural Project. This mural is named Band Concert and according to the Smithsonian American Art Museum it was a winning entry in a competition painted by Marion Gilmore. Gilmore was born in Ottumwa, IA in 1909 and died in Ottumwa at the age of 75. The mural, painted above the Postmaster door in our post office, portrays a different look to the bandstand and park we all fondly know as Central Park today. The below plaque and likeness to our mural at the post office was caught on camera in February 2020 at the Smithsonian.

Gilmore was paid $745 as a commission for her artwork. The tempera on canvas mural measures 12’ by 5’, and it was installed May 10, 1941. Evening band concerts were a weekly feature of Corning life at the time.