Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Benton Postcard

One of our favorite pieces of ephemera from the store is this oversized postcard featuring Thomas Hart Benton's Achelous and Hercules. The mural was commissioned by Lester Siegel Sr., President of Harzfeld's. It was completed and installed above the elevators in the Petticoat Lane store in 1947. 

The postcard is 9" x 3.5", while the actual mural is just over 22 x 5 feet tall. 

The mural now hangs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

A special welcome to the Friends of the Benton Home, a non-profit organization that helps promote the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Hisoric Site, in Kansas City, MO. 

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