Walt Disney Post Office, Marceline
In recognition of Marceline's status as the hometown of Walt Disney, this postal building was renamed to the Walt Disney Post Office by order of Congress on November 11, 2003. A ceremony held the following year celebrated Marceline as the home of Walt Disney. The post office is also notable for its historic mural by Joseph Meert that are similar to those by the more famous mural-maker of the 1930s, Thomas Hart Benton. These works were funded by the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture (later known as The Section of Fine Arts) and are similar to works that were created in this same area part of the Works Progress Administration's program that employed artists and produced thousands of important cultural works.
Backstory and Context
Walt Disney passed away in December of 1966. In response, the people of Marceline joined others around the country and lobbied the United States Postal Service to have a commencement stamp made of Walt Disney to honor him. The Department approved and Marceline was one of the first to offer the stamp along with other cities where Disney had lived and worked such as Chicago, Burbank, Kansas City, and Anaheim. The Disney family was made as the guests of honor along with other honored guests at the ceremony. The Santa Fe Railway Super Chief was also renamed as well to the "Walt Disney Special." Originally 120,000 stamps were ordered however as demand rocketed for the stamps and the amount of stamps ordered went from a small 120,000 to 153,015,000.