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101 Spear Street in San Francisco is where the Rincon Center is today, and a US Post Office Annex used to be. In it is a series of 27 murals by Russian Anton Refreigier made as part of the New Deal in 1941.

This mural, which has Refregier's typical monstrous hands on the human, is the ninth in the series. The last picture is the entrance to the Post Office on Spear. The mural's description from the annex is below:

9. An Early Newspaper Office. "The California Star, San Francisco's first regular newspaper, was founded by Samuel Brannan. It began weekly publication on January 9, 1847. E.C. Kemble, who became the owner in 1848, also bought the competing paper and created California Star & Californian. That paper was purchased by the Alta California in 1849. The Star was opposed to changing San Francisco's original name, Yerba Buena, to San Francisco and vigorously attacked rival newspaper, the Californian, for supporting the change."

Part of my trip to Rincon Center. For more on New Deal Post Office murals, check out this website:

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