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Springfield, Massachusetts: 17th Century Indian Snaps a Selfie

A 1937 indoor historical mural includes a 17th century Indian holding what appears to be a smartphone. More likely he's looking at a mirror, not accessorizing through a temporal portal.

Springfield State Office Building

Address:
436 Dwight St., Springfield, MA
Directions:
Springfield State Office Building. Downtown, just south of the railroad overpass, on the west side of Dwight St. between Lyman and Taylor Sts.
Hours:
M-F 9-5 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield.

Time Traveling Painting

A large painting features a Native American who is looking at his cell phone while meeting the Pilgrims. Italian artist Umberto Romano painted the mural in 1937. It's in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Office Building. You have to go through security to look at the painting, but it didn't seem to be a problem.

[Andrea, 07/26/2023]

The mural, "Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield," is a confusing mixture of historical and imagined characters and scenes, originally displayed in the city's main post office.


Nearby Offbeat Places

History Museum at Springfield MuseumsHistory Museum at Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA - < 1 mi.
Fame Reaches for McKinley's HeadFame Reaches for McKinley's Head, Springfield, MA - < 1 mi.
Dr. Seuss: Amazing World and Sculpture GardenDr. Seuss: Amazing World and Sculpture Garden, Springfield, MA - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Museum in a Boxcar, Putnam, CT - 38 mi.

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