Debate: Iron Ore Mining

Debate: Iron Ore Mining

Adopted Post Office City or Postal Topic: 
Ely, Minnesota Post Office
Briefly describe why you chose this theme to represent the USPS: 
Two murals grace the lobby of the historic Ely, Mn. Post Office, capturing the spirit of northern Minnesota. The two paintings created by WPA Artist, Elsa Jemne, in 1941, depict the natural beauty of the woodlands contrasted with the economic importance of the mining industry which developed the area. There are heated debates on the iron range today concerning preserving the wilderness, the gateway to The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and supporting mining which may reintroduce economic stability and growth of the area. Artist Elsa Jemne understood the contrast between the two issues by painting the "Wilderness" on the south wall, and "The Iron Ore Mines" on the opposite north wall of the post office lobby. I have combined photographs of the murals with the architectural details of the building. In this example, and in the picture titled, "Wilderness", I juxtaposed the "outgoing" mail slot. Propaganda supporting both sides of the current debate, is currently mailed to all residents through this "outgoing" slot.
Author: 
jreskekirkman
First Name: 
Jo-Anne
Last name: 
Reske Kirkman