The DH-4 aircraft was initially designed by Geoffrey de Havilland as a twin seat WW I bomber. After the war the U.S. Post Office modified the aircraft so the front cockpit was converted to a watertight compartment for the mail and the pilot flew from the rear seat. The artwork is appropriately entitled Afternoon Mail. The DH-4s were the mainstay of the post office air fleet until airmail routes passed to private contractors.
The attractive canvas art portrays the DH-4 aircraft flying up New York's Hudson River passing over a New York Central Railway train enroute to Albany and points beyond. Telling a story in an art piece is a signature trait of the award winning artist William S. Phillips. The image size measures about 12 inches high by 9 inches wide.