USPS painting competition
The Great Depression began in 1929. By that time Simon had become a well-recognized American artist. During that time, he applied for and was granted a position with President’s Roosevelt’s work program known as the WPA for the arts. Simon was selected as one of the top fifty artists from around the United States to enter a painting competition for the mural to be hung in the United States Post Office in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, he did not win but took second place; this certainly gave him some bragging rights.
The painting is a mockup for the contest presentation. It still hangs in the Brigantine New Jersey grammar school.