April 12, 2010 (MELROSE PARK, Ill.) --
There's a whole new level of appreciation for a painting that was found hidden at a library. In 2007, a damaged 1930's fresco painting was discovered above a drop ceiling at the Melrose Park library. For years, the mural had been covered by a tile ceiling at what was originally the village post office.
Thanks to a grant and private donations, the painting was restored. And on Friday night, the artwork titled "Airmail" was unveiled.
Edwin Boyd Johnson painted the mural, which depicts Melrose Park in the Depression era, specifically the suburb's air mail service.