Imposing Thanksgiving statues greet York Post Office users
Two statues at the York Post Office play on a Thanksgiving theme. Here, sculptor George Kratina of Brooklyn, N.Y., shows a father and daughter ‘Singing Thanksgiving.’ (See photo of second statue below and an update of their whereabouts today: East York Post Office.) Background posts: Of dinosaurs and big blue mailboxes and Railroad Borough: ‘Probably no other town in America has a horse heaven’ and Could York bus drivers also point out historic sites?
The York Post Office continues to reduce operations in the downtown.
It has a new facility in the York County Industrial Park, way away from the downtown. (Add that to the nearby unemployment office, and it’s interesting how the federal government is one of the major supporters of sprawl.)
No doubt the South George Street post office eventually will be emptied out. Some articles in the York Daily Record have speculated on future uses for the landmark building – as a new city hall or for a restaurant… .
Carl Schmitz’s statue indicates a farmer pausing to bow his head.
But those who continue to venture into the architecturally significant South George Street office will be rewarded with the pair of imposing Thanksgiving statues that have stood there for decades.
June Lloyd, in her York Sunday News column and in her Universal York blog, gives a thorough history of those statues.
– For the post “York Post Office Statues Show Spiritual Side”, click here.
– For the post “York Post Office Big Deal for Whole County,” click here.