The Montevallo Post Office has this wonderful mural, painted in 1939 by William Sherrill McCall, called ‘Early Settlers Weighing Cotton’:
It’s soooo nice. My WPA book says that there’s a mistake in the mural – Jersey cattle were unknown during that era of Alabama history.
We had a wonderful time chatting with the sweet lady that works at the counter. She’s worked there 44 years! She told us all about the marble, and the mahogany wood, and we talked about how thick the doors are, and how nice everything is….she also said that this particular post office was built so that postal inspectors could show up at any time without anyone knowing (through a different entrance) and that they could see all the work being done from above. The post office still does postal inspector training at their post office. She said she’s never once talked to any of them, and nobody has any idea when the inspectors are there…